FAN’S VIEW – As Arsenal prepare for their second visit to Southampton in three days, the hope is that Mikel Arteta reverts to the team that had been winning in the Premier League.

There has been a collective annoyance that the manager’s team selection for Saturday’s FA Cup Fourth Round tie left his team open to a surrendering of the trophy, hard won in the early summer.

Despite there being numerous changes from the impressive win over Newcastle, one man, more than any other perhaps, represents the meek surrender of the cup – Willian.

Many of the Arsenal faithful are queuing up to say ‘I told you so’, believing in the summer that a three-year investment in the Brazilian was a huge gamble, destined not to pay off.

I must be honest and say that I am not in that number. While I was not super excited by the signing, I was not averse to it and could understand Arteta’s logic.

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