Fixture: Arsenal vs Southampton
Competition: English Premier League
Kick-off Time: 15:00 pm BST, Saturday 10th September 2016
Venue: Emirates, London
Arsenal Team News & Preview
Arsenal picked up their first win of the new season against Watford in their last game.
After a poor start, the Gunners are five points behind Chelsea and the Manchester clubs and are already playing catch-up.
Arsenal will be determined to close the gap with their rivals with a win this weekend.
Furthermore, the availability of their new signings for this game is an added boost for the Gunners.
Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez completed their moves on deadline day and are in line to make their debut this week.
Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, and Laurent Koscielny are all expected to start here.
Per Mertesacker, Gabriel, Danny Welbeck, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey all miss out through injury.
Arsenal’s Predicted Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Cazorla; Sanchez, Ozil, Walcott; Giroud
Southampton Team News & Preview
Southampton are still adapting to Claude Puel’s methods and are a side lacking in cohesion after having replaced some of their best players.
Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle, and Victor Wanyama have all left the club this summer and the new signings will need time to settle in.
Southampton have made a poor start to the season and will be looking to recover against Arsenal. The Saints have drawn two (Sunderland and Watford) of their three opening games and lost the other one against Manchester United.
They have a very good record against Arsenal and will fancy their chances here.
New signing Sofiane Boufal is expected to make his debut this week. All eyes will be on the club record signing who is expected to replace the former Saints winger Sadio Mane.
Florin Gardos and Jeremy Pied are the only injury worries for the visitors.
Southampton’s Predicted Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Forster; Soares, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand; Romeu, Hojbjerg; Redmond, Tadic, Boufal; Long
Arsenal vs Southampton Key Stats
Southampton have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
Arsenal are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 matches (Premier League).
Arsenal are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 home matches against Southampton in all competitions.
Arsenal vs Southampton Betting Tips
Southampton have done well against Arsenal recently and are 11/8 double chance (Saints win or draw) with Ladbrokes.
Arsenal have an excellent home record against Southampton and will look to extend that tally this week. They are 11/20 to win the game with Ladbrokes.
Both teams like to play high-intensity attacking football and there could be a fair few goals in this one. Ladbrokes are offering odds of 4/5 for over 2.5 goals in this game.
Arsenal vs Southampton Prediction
Arsenal will be hungry for a win after their poor start.
The last time they played at home this season, they were beaten by Liverpool. The Gunners will want to secure their first home win of the season against the Saints.
Southampton are no pushovers, but they are still struggling to adapt to Puel’s system and will fall short at Emirates.
Arsenal 3-1 Southampton