Koeman confirms Southampton squad to face Arsenal

St Marys Southampton

We bring you the headlines from Southampton manager Ronald Koeman's press conference earlier today.

Ronald Koeman says that Southampton's squad will remain largely unchanged from the one which faced Chelsea when they take on Arsenal on New Year's Day.

The Saints picked up a creditable 1-1 draw against Chelsea and Koeman has been keen to reward the players involved that day by giving them the opportunity to impress against the Gunners.

The only change the Dutchman will have to make is to replace Morgan Schneiderlin, who is suspended after picking up a red card on Sunday. 

The match against Arsenal is an important one for the club, as they look to protect their place in the top four.

Southampton had dropped out of the Champions League places, but their form over the past three games - where they were unbeaten - has got their season back on track. 

It has led to optimism flooding back to St. Mary's, but Koeman was calm about his side's chances of being in the top four at the end of the season. 

Despite Koeman's reluctance to start dreaming of the possibility of claiming a spot in Europe's premier competition, he will still understand the importance of their game against Arsenal.

However, unfortunately for his side, their task is made harder by the absence of key right-back Nathaniel Clyne - who is not set to make his return until January 11th. 

If Koeman is true to his word, Southampton's squad to face Arsenal will read: Fraser Forster, Maya Yoshida, Jose Fonte, Toby Alderweireld, Matt Targett, Steven Davis, Victor Wanyama, Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pellè, Sadio Mané, Kelvin Davis, Florin Gardos, Shane Long, James Ward-Prowse, Lloyd Isgrove, Harrison Reed and Jason McCarthy.

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