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PL Preview: Arsenal vs Southampton (team news, current form, head to head and predictions)

Arsenal host Southampton at the Emirates on Saturday evening (3pm UK time) as they seek to get back to winning ways after recent poor results.

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Southampton meanwhile would be looking to avoid a repeat of what happened last weekend as they led Brighton until the last minute of the game.

Team News:

Sead Kolasinac is still sidelined for Arsenal till January. Meanwhile, Bernd Leno and Emile Smith Rowe will be assessed before Saturday’s game and Gabriel Martinelli is fit to play again after coming off injured at halftime in the previous game against Everton.

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Southampton have their two major goalkeepers injured, hence, former Chelsea and Man City goalkeeper Willy Caballero could feature after joining as a free agent earlier this week.

Moussa Djenepo is available for selection after sorting out a private issue while Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu is suspended due to accumulated yellow cards.

Arsenal Predicted xi: Ramsdale; Tierney, Gabriel, White, Tomiyasu; Partey, Sambi-Lokonga; Saka, Ødegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette

Southampton Predicted xi: Caballero; Walker-Peters, Lyanco, Bednarek, Livramento; Romeu, Ward-Prowse; Redmond, Tella, Walcott; Broja

Current Form:

Arsenal head into this one off the back of back to back losses against Man Utd and Everton.

In their last five games, the Gunners have lost thrice and won twice and their opponents visit the Emirates off the back of back to back draws, losing twice and winning just once in their last five games.

Head to Head:

Arsenal have the superior head to head record in this one. In 44 premier league meetings, the Gunners have beaten the Saints 24 times as against the Saints’ seven wins with the spoils being shared 13 times.

Arsenal are unbeatean against Southampton in their last three meetings, winning twice and drawing once. Also worthy of note is the fact that Arsenal have never lost a home game to Southampton in the premier league.

Predictions:

Arsenal have suffered from a dip in form in the last couple of games and that is very visible from the performances they put up in those games.

Southampton have also not been at their highest standards recently but some might argue they’ve just had a little bit of bad luck as their recent results do not really tell the story of how the games went. Hence, they could definitely cause Arsenal problems but in front of the Arsenal faithful at the Emirates, one would fancy the Gunners to get the three points against a side that have never won on that ground before.

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