Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE build-up to Arsenal vs Southampton.
There has been a big change in north London over the international break… but it came at Tottenham, with Spurs sensationally sacking Mauricio Pochettino and replacing him with Jose Mourinho this week.
The Special One is back in the Premier League, and the pressure will be on Unai Emery to hold off a festive charge from Spurs – but the Arsenal coach have problems of his own.
The Gunners sit sixth in the table, eight points off fourth place – and that spot is currently occupied by champions Manchester City, showing how difficult a task Champions League qualification could prove to be.
Arsenal need a result on Saturday, and welcome a struggling Southampton side to Emirates Stadium – but the Saints have put in a couple of spirited displays since their 9-0 horror show at home to Leicester City, and very nearly beat Man City in Manchester before the international break.
The Special One is back
It may not necessarily be fair, but Tottenham’s decision to sack Pochettino and hire Mourinho will put more pressure on Emery.
James Olley reported before the international break that the Spaniard has six games to prove himself to the Arsenal hierarchy, but Spurs’ bold decision to shake things up has both ensured the Gunners can’t go and hire Mourinho, and could ensure more pressure from the fans to act if results don’t improve.
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