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Arsenal vs Southampton: Preview and Predicted Line-ups

An under crisis Arsenal host high-flying Southampton at home. However, the home fans won’t have to bear the boring football this time as London moves into Tier 3.

The two clubs are separated by 10 points and 11 positions. Southampton sit 4th with 23 points in the Premier League table. While Arsenal struggle at 15th with only 13 points. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s job is on the line this time after a disappointing start to the season for The Gooners.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has transformed The Saints into a formidable team which other big teams should be afraid of. The Saints play beautiful high-press attacking football. However, this won’t be a surprise to anyone who watched his RB Leipzig regularly. This is his style of football and he dominates it.

The Saints have an opportunity to go top of the table with 26 points. They will also close the gap down as the current leaders Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur face each other this week.

Mikel Arteta, on the other hand, seems to be out-of-depth after a trophy filled first season as Arsenal manager. The Spaniard is rumoured to have lost the dressing room already. Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been firing blanks this season as well.

ARSENAL VS SOUTHAMPTON: TEAM NEWS

Arsenal will play without Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin after the former picked up a red card in the 1-0 defeat to Burnley and the latter picked up his 5th yellow card of the season. This might be a boost to The Gooners considering the current form of the two players.

David Luiz and Reiss Nelson need to be assessed before a final decision is made on their injuries. However, Sead Kolasinac and Thomas Partey are missing out the action this week. A glimmer of hope lies in the return of Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe after the latter served his suspension.

Southampton are lucky in this matter as they have zero suspensions and no injured players. They can go ahead and name an unchanged XI which put 3 goals past Sheffield United.

PREDICTED LINE-UPS:

Arsenal FC Predicted Line-up:

Southampton FC Predicted Line-up:

With both teams’ current form in mind, there is only one clear winner and its Southampton. Mikel Arteta’s side has struggled to score goals this season and it’s very tough to see them score against an in-form Southampton.

Prediction: Arsenal 0 – 2 Southampton

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