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Southampton v Arsenal Premier League Preview

Posted on December 09, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal travels to St Mary’s to face Southampton on Sunday lunchtime, as the Gunners look to return to the Premier League’s top-four.

The home side are enduring an inconsistent campaign so far. The Saints are currently 11th in the Premier League after collecting just 17 points so far this season.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side have won just one of their last six games in the top-flight while losing three of their last five Premier League outings. Last time out, the team from the south coast drew 1-1 with rivals Bournemouth.

Southampton have a mixed recent record in the Premier League, as the Saints have won just three of their last 13 home games in the English top-flight. The home side have had problems scoring goals of late in the top-flight, failing to score in nine of their last 13 outings.

Arsenal head into this clash on the back of a 6-0 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday night. However, the Gunners suffered a 3-1 home defeat against Manchester United in their last Premier League outing.

The Gunners recent Premier League record is a mixed, as they have now won three and lost two of their last five games in the top-flight.

Arsene Wenger’s side have a poor recent away record in the Premier League, having won two of their last seven games, although both of those wins have come in their last three games on their travels against Everton and Burnley.

The Gunners have lost just one of the last five meetings with Southampton, recording three wins in the process. In fact, Arsene Wenger’s side have won the last two meetings between the teams, which have both been at St Mary’s.

Team News

The home side are without Portugal international Cedric Soares, so Jeremy Pied will continue to play at right-back. Striker Shane Long is also a doubt with former QPR striker Charlie Austin is set to start in the lone striker role.

Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla will once again miss out due to injury, while Germany international Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt for the visitors. Compatriot Per Mertesacker may deputise at centre-back.

Betting News

Arsenal are the favourites to win the clash at evens, while the draw is odds of 27/10 and the home side are odds of 29/10.

Southampton have been poor on their own patch in 2017, so the Gunners will fancy their chances of recording a victory on the south coast.

Will Arsenal record a victory at St Marys on Sunday?

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