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

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Olivier Giroud, Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrate Arsenals victory over claim contenders Manchester City. Image: Adrian Dennis/ AFP/ Getty Images

2) Will Stoke foist more squalor on Manchester and Van Gaal?

The sudden accessibility of a director who presided over the implosion of the Premier Leagues predominating champs, who regularly becomes embroiled in situations of conflict and has seldom induced his team to play a style that could be considered similar to the storied Manchester United way has got some United followers to thinking that he is the ideal person to oust Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, and the sooner the very best. But what do Connects musicians recollect? It will be interesting to see what sort of action Van Gaal derives from them at the Britannia. Even if United prove more cohesion and character than in their recent accomplishments, if Mark Hughes side play as they did against the last visitors from Manchester, then Uniteds winless streak will continue and there will be no let up in the pressure on Van Gaal. Paul Doyle

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