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 only change the Dutchman will have to make is to replace Morgan Schneiderlin, who is suspended after picking up a red card on Sunday.
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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.
Koeman on the chances of finishing in the top four: "For me, it's not an obsession. I look more to how we play." #saintsfc— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 31, 2014
Koeman: "I don't like to watch the table because it means nothing. It's only half of the season." #saintsfc— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 31, 2014
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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