Wenger hopes Arsenal play catch-up in title race

Arsene Wenger has handed starts to summer signings Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez as Arsenal welcome Southampton to the Emirates this afternoon.

"We can win the game two or three times ... it's important to believe", he said.

"We need to get the first victory as soon as possible, but it's going to be a good test for us at Arsenal".

We do have a fair bit of goal threat and creativity with Walcott, Ozil and Cazorla in the starting line up and so let's hope that Wenger's team selection proves to be the flawless one, for today as well as for Tuesday. And Wenger said there are clear risks in having too many foreign owners buying up clubs and then looking to have them play in competitions that suit their own interests.

"Perez has played one game, the first game of La Liga". He appeared to be lacking in confidence, playing in a league that is new to him, and the jury remains out on whether he can be the potent striker for whom Arsenal supporters have been hankering. Arsenal full-back Monreal speaking to Arsenal Player, expressed his confidence in Mustafi's ability to adapt to life in North London.

Mustafi played the full 90 minutes, while fellow debutant Lucas Perez was withdrawn in the second half for Olivier Giroud.

Iwobi cupped a thigh injury during the first game of the season against Liverpool.

Mustafi, who had been away with Germany on global duty, starts alongside Laurent Koscielny in the centre of defence, flanked by Hector Bellerín and Nacho Monreal.

Santi Cazorla saved the team's blushes with a last-gasp penalty during injury time. "I thought if I shot down the middle the keeper might go to one side".

"I think we made a very good game".

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