Pre Arsenal News For Southampton
A bit of manager Mauricio Pochettino, a bit of goalkeeper Artur Boruc and maybe a bit of midfielder Victor Wanyama.
saintsfc have done a handy, bullet point, recap of the gaffers press conference for the game and he covered the obvious topics like Dani Osvaldo and Luke Shaw.
On Osvaldo, Pochettino refused to be drawn into questioning following his suspension, and preferred to steer the conference back to the Arsenal game.
'There is nothing to comment on that. We all know Osvaldo is suspended. We have to focus on the game.'
As for the never ending Luke Shaw rumours, Poch repeated himself.
'Southampton have no interest in selling Luke Shaw, not in the summer either. Southampton have got a lot of expectation put in Luke's future and we have no intention of selling him. He's dealing with the speculation very well. He has matured very quickly, when we got here he was a kid, now he's a man. These things do not affect him at all.'
As for the main reason for holding the press conference, Poch said Arsenal's talent and quality was there for all to see, and they do obviously have a very talented first team, but we will be going there to get the three points, we go into every game believing we can win and Arsenal will be no different as we aren't afraid of them.
We will go into the game looking to play our own football, focusing on our own threats and doing what we can to get on the front foot and not let Arsenal settle or dictate the pace.
As for injuries, we have a clean bill of health outside of striker Rickie Lambert.
'Artur is fine. Victor has got possibilities to go into the squad and the other doubt we've got is Rickie - a problem in the hamstring and we will assess in training whether he can participate.'
With the transfer window drawing to a close again now, Poch wouldn't speculate on a likely departure for Osvaldo, but he did comment that the club had people working on potential signings that would strengthen the team and there were 'several possibilities' but as of yet there isn't a decision to make.
Boruc after missing the FA Cup game against Yeovil with a back problem, returned to training at the beginning of the week and hasn't suffered any ill effects again, so he's likely to start the game tonight.
As for Wanyama following the leg injury he picked up back in December against Aston Villa, he has been back in training for around a week and a half now and has been progressing every day.
It's probably unlikely he will return to the starting line up tonight, but you'd expect him to get some pitch time in the second half.
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