Arsenal vs Southampton: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on September 14, 2012

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Arsenal get back to Premier League action after a two week international break as we welcome newly promotes Southampton to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

After two rather disappointing goalless draws against Sunderland and Stoke, our season finally kicked off with an impressive 2-0 win away to Liverpool at Anfield thanks to goals from summer signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla.

The lack of goals have grabbed the headlines so far, mainly due to the departure of RVP, but a lot of credit should go to the way we have defended so far this season.

Three clean sheets on the bounce is a drastic improvement from the 10 goals we shipped in our first three games last season, and if we can make it four shut-outs on Saturday we’ll have a great chance of collecting another 3 points.

The Saints arrive in north London bottom of the league and without a point so far this campaign. However, it isn’t really a fair reflection on how Nigel Adkins side have performed.

While the 2-0 home loss to Wigan was a disappointment, they were superb in both 3-2 defeats to Manchester City and Manchester United.

Southampton pushed the big-boys all the way and showed they are more than capable of scoring against the very best, so Arsenal will have to be wary this weekend.

Team News

Arsenal welcome back first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after he recovered from a rib injury. Italian Vito Mannone is likely to make way despite keeping two clean sheets during the Pole’s absence.

Arsene Wenger is sweating over the fitness of Theo Walcott, who was struck down by a virus while away with England. Abou Diaby is also rated at 50:50 after picking up a knee complaint during the week.

Long-term absentees Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Emmanuel Frimpong all remain out but are just 2-3 weeks away from full fitness.

Southampton’s new signings Gaston Ramirez and Maya Yoshida could be set for their debuts, while fellow new-boy Emmanuel Mayuka is pushing for his first start having made a substitute appearance against United last time out.

Danny Fox is is also in contention after overcoming a groin injury, but Jack Cork remains out with an ankle problem.

Likely Line-ups

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A big question mark will be who starts at the back. Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker have formed an impressive partnership, but a fully-fit Laurent Koscielny is pushing for a recall.

Vermaelen is said to be carrying a slight knock and with up-coming games against Montpellier, Man City and Chelsea on the horizon, resting the Belgian may be a sensible call.

I also feel there is no point risking Diaby in this one. Many feel Ramsey will come in, and they are probably right, but i think Coquelin is a better bet. Lets give the youngster a chance to impress.

Predicted Score

Southampton have allowed the opposition more shots on goal than any other side so far this season, while Arsenal are yet to concede. The stats suggest a home win and we also think Arsene Wenger’s men will collect all three points, but that clean-sheet record will go. Arsenal 3-1 Southampton.

Please leave your predicted line-ups and scores in the comments section.

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30 Comments

  1. DocBrody

    September 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I predict the same line up, except I have a feeling Diaby will play instead of le Coq.

    Score: Arsenal 2-1

  2. Bello Hamisu Alasan

    September 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Yes, Diaby should be rested to face more competitive match ahead and I strongly support coquelin to start on Saturday than Ramsy because Arsenal look more serious this season than last season and therefore we need more serious players to play matches than someone that plays with so much indecisioned mind.
    The predicted selection is ok by me.

  3. Dave Highbury

    September 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Err going by the stats… that’s another clean sheet and a victory. What you been watching?

  4. shellykeen

    September 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Well all this is ok and we can even use chamberlin in d midfield and use gervinho on d wings

  5. Ry

    September 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I say we will win 3-0 my boys will get a clean sheet that’s my work

  6. Ry

    September 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Word*Lol

  7. Noah Sesay

    September 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    yeah the predicted score is ok and the starting 11 is not bad I will use vermaelen instead if he is 100% fit.

  8. Ndianabasi

    September 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Hi guners fans. Pls let d frist 11 start, on less dos dat av injury should b replace wit d liks of couclin an kocseni. D predictn arsenal wil win by 4:0

  9. Vickpraise

    September 14, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Yes, I supported the scoreline and the starting 11 is awesome, another clean sheet. Up gooners

  10. Adepitan damilola

    September 14, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    arsenal will surely win southampton by 2-0

  11. Ezekiel Inyang

    September 15, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Arsenal ‘ll do it again & ‘ll beat Southampton 3-0 to nothing, up gunners

  12. J.A.R.K

    September 15, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I have already predited for a 3:0 over the saint.southamton.TV5,AD2 NEED TO REST.START F.COQUILEN and AaRON RAMSEY SUB.UP GUN.

  13. J.A.R.K

    September 15, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Except OG12 on 2goals LP9 A GOAL.Santi cazorla man of the match,ox with good performance,if started coquilen best play.

  14. martins

    September 15, 2012 at 2:53 am

    my predictn is 3-0, resting diaby will b a gud idea

  15. Jamez 4 u

    September 15, 2012 at 4:39 am

    i look forward to see my dream comz tru. i ave already c 4:0 b4 dis match kick-off. Start Francis coq n let aaron ramsey be on d bench. we can’t avoid to draw dis match. we need gud line up. Gunnerz til jesus come.

  16. Fraha

    September 15, 2012 at 5:52 am

    The same line up and Ipredict 5-0to gunners.go big guns

  17. patrick igwoje

    September 15, 2012 at 6:27 am

    its a tradition that when there is an internation break,arsenal boys dont play wel against their opponets.so this match wil be a tough one but i believe they wil win with a lone goal with chamberlain replacing diaby.

  18. Promise

    September 15, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Let the good among the both win.

  19. victor nachi

    September 15, 2012 at 6:55 am

    We sud all pray cause the sanit boyz are very gud!look at what d did to man.u and man city!!!be a gunner be giver

  20. victor nachi

    September 15, 2012 at 6:55 am

    We sud all pray cause the sanit boyz are very gud!look at what d did to man.u and man city!!!be a gunner be a giver

  21. Emmanuel collins

    September 15, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I dont expect diaby to stat,wenger should give coqulin a stat 2day and T.V should be rested.i wil go for a 3-0 win with giroud getting his first goal.

  22. Promise Aguwamba

    September 15, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Arsenal hav 2 b careful in 2days match 2 avoid disapointment, bcos it would’t b easy 4 them 2day.

  23. Freedom Chidon Shoko

    September 15, 2012 at 7:25 am

    i predict a 3 nil victory fo the Gunners.Another clean sheet.shal Coquelin b given a chance ahead of the wasteful Aaron Ramsey plz.the Verminator may b rested,so is Diaby…doing tingz d Arsenal way.

  24. Lucky chivatsi

    September 15, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Arsenal 1-0 sohpto. Goal scorer gervinho if he plays.

  25. shane

    September 15, 2012 at 9:06 am

    ithink it will be 2-2 lambert 0-1 poldolski 1-1 carzola 2-1 schneiderlin 2-2

  26. Chris peterson

    September 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I blv on the line up, everyone will be supprised on giroud’s first net busting today.

  27. dennis mwanza

    September 15, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I predict a 1-0 scoreline in favour of da saints.this is their turning point.

  28. Chris Knight

    September 15, 2012 at 11:42 am

    In an ideal scenario if would be great if we won 3-0 with giroud scoring all 3 how good would that be?

  29. Endale

    September 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Arsenal will win 3-0,but the line up will be better if Vermalen replaces Mertesacker.

  30. Abdullahi

    September 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Ars 6 south 2

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