SOUTHAMPTON VS ARSENAL

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON VS ARSENALSOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)GAZZANIGA, SOARES, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND, WANYAMA, CLASIE, S. DAVIS, MANE, TADIC, PELLEARSENAL (4-2-3-1)GIROUD, CAMPBELL, OZIL, WALCOTT, FLAMINI, RAMSEY, MONREAL, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, BELLERIN, CECHArsenal go into the Christmas period in second place and just two points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City. Interestingly, Arsenal have gone into the Christmas period in second place twice – and on both occasions they went on to win the title.They should travel with confidence; the Gunners have more wins away than at home (six to five at the Emirates) and have also scored five more goals on the road (18 to 13 at home).And Southampton have failed to win in their last five games in the Premier League, dropping from seventh to 12th in the process. It is the Saints’ longest run without a win for a year; a sixth would represent their longest non-winning sequence under manager Ronald Koeman and their worst since December 2013.They have a good record on Boxing Day, winning five and losing one of the last six. They last lost on this day in 2008, at Plymouth Argyle in a second-tier game.But Arsenal’s record on Boxing Day is even better. Since they last lost on this day, at Coventry City in 1999, the Gunners have played 14 times, winning 11 and drawing three.But three of the last four Premier League games between these teams at St Mary’s have been drawn while Arsenal last won at Southampton in December 2003.Southampton test goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, with Paulo Gazzaniga on stand-by to continue at the back. Another keeper, Fraser Forster, is still out, as is Florin Gardos and Jay Rodriguez.Arsenal miss Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin among others.last_img read more

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Angels GM to step down

first_imgANAHEIM – Bill Stoneman is expected to announce today that he is stepping down as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to become a consultant with the baseball team. Tony Reagins, the Angels’ director of player development, is expected to be named today to succeed Stoneman. The team has called a morning news conference to make what is described as “a major announcement.” Tim Mead, the Angels’ vice president of communications, declined to elaborate. Stoneman, 63, was named as the Angels’ general manager in November 1999, hired Mike Scioscia as manager and built the team that won the 2002 World Series. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Angels have reached the playoffs three of the past four seasons, but were swept by the Boston Red Sox in both 2004 and 2007. Stoneman has drawn criticism from sports columnists, sports talk show hosts and fans for his refusal to trade prospects for veteran players, especially a power hitter. Reagins, 40, a Cal State Fullerton graduate, joined the Angels as an intern in the baseball operations department in 1992, was named a marketing assistant in 1994 and returned to the baseball operations department in 1998. Reagins, who is black, would join Ken Williams of the Chicago White Sox and Omar Minaya of the New York Mets as the only minority general managers in Major League Baseball. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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