Good news Arsenal - Morgan Schneiderlin to miss massive New Year's Day clash

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

The Southampton midfielder was sent off against Chelsea today.

Southampton put in an excellent performance today to hold the champions elect Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at St Marys.It was a robust and mature performance which saw Southampton remain in the Premier League top four and continue their potential march toward the Champions League.

But the game came at an unfortunate cost.

Southampton ended the fixture with ten men. Morgan Schneiderlin cynically made a late challenge in the second half and had already been booked. The French international began heading for the tunnel before the referee had even spoken to him.

It means he is now out of action for Southampton's next game, which should please Arsenal fans.

The two sides, battling for a place in the top four, face off on New Years Day at St Marys Stadium and the absence of Schneiderlin will be welcomed with open arms by Arsenal, who have of course been linked with his signature over the past 18 months.

Southampton struggle without Schneiderlin in their side. He is the pendulum that makes them tick and Arsenal will be licking their lips at getting to face a Southampton side without him involved.

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