Premier League: 10 things to look out for this Boxing Day
Arsenal face important measure, Stoke have the quality to shade Van Gaals mood and will Watford show Chelsea that Mourinhos sacking is no supernatural rectify?
1) Arsenal must shun St Marys repeat
After their victory over Manchester City on Monday evening, the signs are that Arsenal genuinely are the real spate. The deed is scarcely theirs to lose in this most perplexing of seasons, but it is there to be prevailed and this is Arsenals best probability in years. Their squad is integrated, they have coped with their hurt crisis, Petr Cech is a appeasing existence behind the back four, Mesut Ozil gushes caliber and Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are finishing clinically all of which must make more cynical Arsenal devotees suspect that everything is going too well. History tells them that affliction is often used to stalk their line-up at inopportune moments. Yet Arsenal can douse fears that this is another false daybreak by overpowering Ronald Koemans defensively vulnerable Southampton, who are winless in their past six accords in all competitors. Is it a banana surface? This is the kind of game that the age-old Arsenal would have lost and they were a shamblings at St Marys last season, slumping to a squalid 2-0 overcome on New Years Day. However they have come a long way in the past 12 months and succes would be another decisive steps down the path towards exaltation. Jacob Steinberg