Arsenal vs Southampton: Match Preview | Premier League 2020/21

Palash Modi
By Palash Modi
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It is midweek Premier League time as game week 13 sees high flying Southampton travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on a struggling Arsenal side. The match is set to kick off in London at 6:00 pm local time.

Form guide: Two teams with contrasting forms go head to head. The Gunners are winless in 5 Premier League games now, scoring just once in that process. Due to this poor run of games, the north London side sit on the 15th position, just 5 points clear of the relegation zone.

The Saints on the other hand, have lost just once in their last 10 games with impressive displays against Chelsea, Everton, Aston Villa, etc. By virtue of this run of positive results, they are inside the top 4, at fourth, just 3 points off leaders Tottenham.

Arsenal are unbeaten in 25 home league games versus Southampton but this season is a completely different story. A loss against the Saints and a win for Brighton could see Arsenal further drop to the sixteenth place. On contrast, a win for Southampton, with either Liverpool or Tottenham sure to drop points, could see the Saints move as high as second place.

Team News

Arsenal have two suspensions: Granit Xhaka; who is facing a 3 game suspension after his red card and Hector Bellerin who has picked up his fifth yellow card of the season already. Thomas Partey is set to be out until January. Arsenal welcome back Nicolas Pepe and David Luiz after their suspension and injury respectively.

As for the Saints, they arrive in London with a fully fit squad with no injury issues.

Predicted XI

Arsenal (4-3-3): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Ceballos, Elneny, Saka; Pepe, Aubameyang, Willian.

Southampton (4-4-2): McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Walcott; Ings, Adams

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