Koeman plotting Gunners downfall
Koeman plotting Gunners downfall

Southampton will be backed by more than 5,000 fans at Arsenal tonight in the Capital One Cup, and Ronald Koeman has promised he will name the strongest team possible.

The Saints arrive at the Emirates tonight buoyed by an impressive Premier League start, where they lie second in the table.

The two sides will meet with a place in the last 16 of the competition at stake.

Koeman has reiterated his desire to win the trophy this season, and is delighted the Saints will be backed by such a large travelling support tonight.

“It’s great to have that kind of number of fans behind the team,” said Koeman  who named a strong side for the 2-0 win at Millwall in the previous round.

“Okay, it’s a difficult match, it’s the League Cup.

“But what I said before, in the League Cup against Millwall, we like to win everything.

“If a player’s in good shape, he’s able to play.

“We don’t take risks, but normally we like to play our strongest squad for Tuesday.”

Southampton will bring 5,188 fans with them to  tonight, after what the club described as “unprecedented demand” saw more than 2,500 tickets sold as soon as they went on general sale last week.

Saints have yet to win at the Emirates, following a 6-1 defeat and a 2-0 loss in their opening two trips  in the Premier League.

Southampton have a poor record when facing the Gunners away from home, with their last win coming in November 1987, when Danny Wallace’s  late goal gave them a 1-0 victory in the old First Division, at Highbury.

Saints have only won twice in 42 post-war trips to Arsenal, losing 27 of those visits.