On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal visit Southampton’s St Mary’s in the Premier League, as the Gunners look to maintain their long unbeaten run.
Southampton have struggled for wins this season and the Saints are currently 19th place in the table. The Saints have failed to win in 12 Premier League outings. However, new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is highly-rated and is expected to improve the home sides fortunes. Sunday’s game will be the Austrian’s first home match in charge of his new team.
The team from the south coast have been poor defensively this season. In fact, they have conceded at least two goals in three of their last four matches in the Premier League. Last time out the Saints suffered a 1-0- defeat at Cardiff, which defensively wise showed some improvement.
Southampton have failed to win in eight home games in the Premier League. However, four of their last five home games at St Marys have finished all square.
A 1-0 win over Qarabag in the Europa League extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 22 matches. The Gunners recent form in the top-flight has been strong, as a 1-0 home win over Huddersfield last time out means Unai Emery’s team have now recorded three wins from their last four league matches.
The Gunners have also been relatively prolific of late in the Premier League, scoring at least two goals in three of their last four outings in the top-flight.
The visitors are unbeaten in six away games in the Premier League, having recorded four wins and two draws. Last time out on their travels in the top-flight, Emery’s team recorded a 2-2 draw at Manchester United. The Gunners recent away matches in the Premier League have been high scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in their last seven matches, while both teams have also scored in that seven-game run.
Southampton are without full-back Ryan Bertrand due to injury, while Jack Stephens, Michael Obafemi and Shane Long are fitness doubts. Danny Ings and Cedric Soares have however returned to full training, so could return to the starting line-up.
Arsenal are without Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Danny Welbeck and Emile Smith Rowe through injury. Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi are suspended, so Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny may start in the heart of the Gunners defence, despite both only recently returning from injury. Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil could both feature too after recovering from injury problems.
Arsenal are favourites to record a victory in this clash at odds of 19/20, while the draw is odds of 29/10 and the home side are odds of 29/10 to beat the Gunners.
Despite their limited central defensive options, Arsenal will still be confident of recording a positive result on the south coast.
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