Ralph Hasenhüttl’s new era at Southampton did not get off to a great start. The Saints lost 1-0 away to relegation rivals Cardiff City. Their next match will be significantly tougher as they host top four contenders Arsenal. Southampton need points and they need them soon, only off the bottom of the table on goal difference. They’re only three points from safety, but, with only one win all season, three points seem like a mountain at the moment. This would be a perfect time for Hasenhüttl to show his tactical acumen and start the revolution at St Mary’s. This would be a great time for Saints fans to use the coupon code from Winner as new management has often kick-started a clubs season.
Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to 22 games with a 1-0 win over FK Qarabag on Thursday. While their unbeaten streak is nice, draws are not acceptable if they are to make the top four. With the top four race as tight as it is Unai Emery’s side cannot afford to drop any points against relegation sides like Southampton. They have a run against Southampton, Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion coming up. Considering how good the top five is this season, they’ll likely need nine points from those three matches.
Southampton will be without both Michael Obafemi and Ryan Bertrand for the match against Arsenal and could be without more. Shane Long, Danny Ings, Jack Stephens and Cedric Soares are all doubts, according to Physioroom.com.
Arsenal are having something of an injury crisis at centre back. Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos are both out injured, while Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are both suspended. They’ll also be without Danny Welbeck through a long-term ankle injury.
Southampton: Stuart Armstrong
In a season with very few positives, Stuart Armstrong has been a bright spot for the Saints. He has three goals from only six starts and has been one of the few consistent goalscorers in the team. They’ll need a goalscorer to beat Arsenal, especially if Ings misses out. He’s already scored against Manchester United to earn the Saints a point, hopefully, he can score again against the Gunners.
Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang lost his starting spot to Alexandre Lacazette early in the season, but he seems to have won it back through his fantastic form. He has scored three goals and assisted two in his last four matches, averaging 3.5 shots per 90 minutes. He has been an elite goalscorer for years and is continuing that with Arsenal. He could very easily win this game with a few goals.
Arsenal’s performances have been improving and their results have been good all season, whereas Southampton’s performances and results have been bad all season. While the Saints may be at home, all that does suggest they will lose again.