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Arsenal v Southampton Premier League preview

Posted on April 07, 2018 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal host relegation-threatened Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are currently sixth-place in the table and a top-four finish now looks well beyond Arsene Wenger’s team. However, the Gunners have been in decent form of late, winning their last five games in all competitions, having scored at least two goals in all five of the victories.

The north London side has also won their last two Premier League games 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium. One of the positives, as always it seems with Arsenal is their home record.

The Gunners have won four of their last five league games on home soil, while scoring also scoring at least two goals in six of their last seven home games in the English top-flight.

Their last seven home games in the Premier League have also produced over 2.5 goals, so there is definitely value for money when it comes to goals at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League.

Southampton are in major trouble at the bottom of the table. The Saints may only be two points from safety, but their recent form in the Premier League has been simply dire.

The south coast side has won just one of their last 18 top-flight games, which was at rock bottom West Brom. It is early days for new boss Mark Hughes, but he has a big job on his hands to turn things around at St Marys.

The visitors have failed to score in their last three games. Finding the net has been a big problem for the out-of-form visitors.

Another big problem this season has been their away form, as the aforementioned win against West Brom is the visitor’s only victory on their travels in 13 attempts. A trip to the Emirates Stadium to face the in-form Gunners is unlikely to improve that poor record.

Team News

For Arsenal, Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan will join Santi Cazorla and David Ospina in missing out on this clash through injury. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may choose to rotate his squad with a Europa League quarter-final second leg against CSKA Moscow next Thursday night.

Visiting boss Hughes has a near fully-fit squad heading to north London. Young full-back Sam McQueen is their only likely absentee, with French midfielder Lemina expected to shake off a knock to feature.

Betting News

Arsenal are hot favourites to win this clash at 11/20, the draw is 7/2, while the visitors are 11/2 to pull off a surprise win in north London.

The Gunners are in good form and should have enough quality to see-off the struggling Saints in this clash to make it six consecutive wins in all competitions.

Will Arsenal continue their recent good form on Sunday?

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