By the time this match kicks off, we will know if it's a chance for Arsenal to go top or not - Leicester play Liverpool in the early game, and if they get a result, Arsenal can still be in first place at the end of the day. A Leicester draw and an Arsenal win puts the teams level on points, but Arsenal's goal difference is currently four goals better, so it's entirely possible that first place could be a thing by the end of Boxing Day.
To do that, though, Arsenal will have to get by Southampton, which...well, let's just say it's a winnable game. Winless in five, losers of four of those five, Southampton are currently 12th in the league, after a season in which they finished seventh and qualified for Europe. fbj0 talked with a Southampton fan yesterday about what's gone wrong at St. Mary's, and it makes for interesting reading.
For tomorrow, though, Southampton hope to arrest their recent slide, and they welcome back goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenberg, who was out for the last couple games, in hopes he'll shore up a fairly porous defense. Arsenal's injuries you're aware of - there's no new news on that front, which is both a relief (nobody else got hurt!) and an annoyance (isn't it late January yet?).
We all know what happened last time these two teams played, but that game was also a catalyst for what happened in 2015; CALENDAR YEAR FLAGS FLY FOREVER PAWWWWWWL
Anyway. There's only two matches left in 2015, and it'd be nice to close out the year with six points. Let's get that halfway done tomorrow.