Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers (Boxing Day)
Arsenal will be heavy favourites to win against Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day, and one suspects that they will win the contest.
QPR are struggling for survival in the Premier League, although they have shown some positive signs of recovery in the last few weeks.
Harry Redknapp’s side will probably be happy with a draw at the Emirates Stadium, but it is very unlikely that they will get it.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Queens Park Rangers
West Ham United v Arsenal (Sunday)
Arsenal will be favourites to win against West Ham, but their defensive frailties mean that they will concede against a Hammers attacking line-up brimming with confidence.
West Ham have been a force at the Boleyn Ground so far this season, and they will head into the game against the Gunners with confidence.
Winning against Arsenal is probably going to prove a bit too much for the Hammers, but they should certainly fancy a draw.
Prediction: West Ham United 2-2 Arsenal
Southampton v Arsenal (New Year’s Day)
Southampton have started to stutter in recent weeks, but they will be determined to kick off the New Year on a high.
Playing at home against a superior Arsenal side is not something that manager Ronald Koeman and his players would have wanted at the start of the year, but they will be giving their all.
Arsenal should pick up the three points, but only just.
Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Arsenal