Arsenal vs Southampton preview | Latest team news | Expected Line-up’s | Prediction
This is our match preview ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Southampton at the Emirates including team news, line-ups and prediction
Arsenal will look to get back to winning ways and boost their top four hopes with victory over Southampton at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.
Unai Emery is feeling the pressure after Arsenal slipped down to sixth in the Premier League table following a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium before the international break.
The defeat has left the Gunners sitting eight points adrift of fourth place so Emery desperately needs a win over Southampton tomorrow to help quell growing discontent among the Arsenal fanbase with vast numbers no longer feeling he’s the right man to lead the club forward.
Arsenal should be confident of collecting all three points on home soil as Southampton head to north London sitting second from bottom in the table having picked up just eight points so far this season.
Emery will be without Dani Ceballos for the next few weeks as the midfielder has been ruled out until mid-December with a hamstring injury that he picked up against Vitoria earlier this month.
Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding and Bukayo Saka will all face late fitness tests on minor knocks while Emery has hinted Granit Xhaka could be recalled to the squad having not featured since his bust up with supporters last month.
Southampton have no fresh injury worries to contend with and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has a fully-fit squad to choose from with Ryan Bertrand available following suspension.
Arsenal 2-0 Southampton: Emery is under huge pressure to collect all three points tomorrow and this should be a good game for the Arsenal boss as the Gunners are unbeaten in their last 24 home league games against Southampton. Arsenal have also won 35 of their last 36 games at the Emirates against sides who start the day in the relegation zone and the Saints have been woeful this season so I can’t see past a home win here.
I don’t expect a vintage Arsenal performance, especially after the international break, but I do think they’ll secure a 2-0 win tomorrow which will ease the pressure on Emery’s shoulders for a few days at least.
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