Arsene Wenger reveals Arsenal hope for first half of 2015

Arsene Wenger In Emirates Press Conference 2

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger gave updates on player fitness and preparation at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Southampton game.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed he's hoping to have more stability in terms of team selection over the first half of 2015.

Arsenal have been one of the sides worst affected by injuries this season.

"Hopefully in the second half of the season we will have more stability."

"It's a sensitive subject, because you can destabilise your team with too much rotation."

The boss also gave an update on the current injury situation regarding Danny Welbeck and the fitness of Theo Walcott.

"Danny Welbeck doubtful for Thursday with thigh problem."

"On the fitness front, he (Walcott) is ready to play ."

The Frenchman is wary of the Koeman effect, praising the Dutchman's impact on Southampton since he moved to them last summer.

"He has done a remarkable job. He has done very well."

The boss was also in the mood for reflection and described 2014 as a positive year for the club.

"Overall it was a positive year. We made 79 points last season and won the FA Cup."

"I think we are some points short of what we could have achieved [this season]. It's time to catch those points back."

Wenger also said it was dangerous to try and predict what's going to happen in the race for a Champions League place.

"It's tight, interesting and unpredictable until the end."

The boss reiterated his desire for Lukas Podolski to stay at the club, despite speculation linking him with a January exit.

"He's an Arsenal player and I want him to stay."

Wenger also commented on Francis Coquelin, who has been used over the festive period, perhaps to the surprise of some of the club's supporters as well as praising defender Laurent Koscielny.

"I believe he has potential. Hopefully he will make a career here."

"His (Koscielny) individual quality huge. He is a top-class defender."

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