Arsenal vs Southampton Preview

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The Gunners are looking for the first Premier League in six games, but will have a tough job against the Saints on Wednesday. Join and read our Arsenal vs Southampton Preview to get an insight into this PL tilt.

Arsenal Recent Form & Team News

Things keep getting worse for Arsenal who hover above the relegation zone after a 1-0 defeat on Sunday gave them their worst top-flight start since 1981/82. They’ve now failed to score in 50% of their Premier League matches. Also, their average of 0.83 goals scored per fixture is their worst at this stage across the previous 39 seasons.

After becoming the first Arsenal manager to lose his first two North London derbies since Bertie Mee in 1966/67, Mikel Arteta followed that up by guiding his side to four consecutive top-flight home losses for the first time since December 1959 – another here will set a new club record. Crisis-stricken Arsenal even conceded the opener via an own-goal in two of those recent defeats.

Player to watch: Defender Gabriel has scored both his PL goals with his head, including Arsenal’s last home goal.

Hot stat: Arsenal’s six PL red cards since Arteta’s appointment is double the tally of any other side during that period.

Mikel Arteta cannot count on Hector Bellerin (suspension), Granit Xhaka (suspension), Thomas Partey (thigh), and Mesut Ozil. Sead Kolasinac (muscle), David Luiz (head), Martinelli, and Reiss Nelson (head) are questionable.

Southampton Recent Form & Team News

It’s a completely different story at high-flying Southampton as Ralph Hasenhüttl saw his side run out 3-0 winners at the weekend as they secured a league-high sixth HT/FT win of the campaign. The Saints’ coach will have sympathy for his Arsenal counterpart though, as whilst Southampton are on cloud nine with their second-best 11-game Premier League start in their history (W7, D2, L3), it’s just over a year ago that Hasenhüttl clung onto his post despite being at the helm of a PL joint-worst 9-0 defeat.

Southampton recovered from that well, and with 15 PL goals scored from outside the box this calendar year – six more than any other side – they’ve done it in style too. Furthermore, a five-game unbeaten away run (W3, D2) will fill them with confidence as they hunt a first top-fight win at Arsenal since 1987.

Player to watch: Southampton’s danger-man will likely be Danny Ings who has netted in four straight PL away appearances.

Ralph Hasenhüttl doesn’t have any injury-related issues as all of the players and healthy and at his disposal.

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