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Arsenal vs Soton: Team news, predictions & likely lineups

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 22/11/2019

Arsenal welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon as the Gunners look to record their first win in four league games​.

Unai Emery's side currently occupies sixth place and a poor run of results sees Gunners sit eight points adrift of the Champions League places, while, Southampton currently in the relegation zone.

Arsenal were humbled in a 2-0 away defeat to Leicester last time out, while Ralph Hasenhüttl's side succumbed to a 2-1 home loss at the hands of a resurgent Everton, stretching their winless streak to seven games.

Team News

Arsenal may recall Granit Xhaka for Saturday's Premier League visit of Southampton as former Gunners captain has not featured for the club since swearing at supporters following his substitution against Crystal Palace last month but could return having played both of Switzerland's European Qualifiers last week.

Dani Ceballos (hamstring) is missing while there are minor doubts over Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding and Bukayo Saka, who will all be tested on Friday to see if they are match fit.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has a full-strength squad after reporting no fresh selection concerns following the international break. Poland defender Jan Bednarek and Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were among those involved in European Qualifiers.

Defender Ryan Bertrand is available having completed his three-match suspension for a red card in the 9-0 defeat by Leicester.

 Head to head

​Arsenal have traditionally dominated this fixture, with 50 wins compared to Southampton's 21 with 26 games ending in a stalemate.

The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 2-0 home win for Arsenal back in February, although the Saints won the reverse fixture in December, registering a 3-2 win over the Gunners at St Mary's.

Recent Form

Arsenal managed a single Premier League victory throughout October, coming in a lackluster 1-0 win over ​Bournemouth at the Emirates at the start of the month. The Gunners fell to disappointing defeats against ​Sheffield United and Leicester and were unable to conquer ​Crystal Palace and ​Wolves, with both games ending in draws. 

Southampton haven't won a Premier League game since their 1-0 victory over ten-man Sheffield United back in September and will be aiming to put a run of seven winless league games behind them. The Saints have lost their last three on the bounce, including defeats to ​Manchester City, ​Everton, and the 9-0 drubbing against Leicester. 

Arsenal possible starting lineup: Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Sokratis, Tierney; Torreira, Guendouzi, Ozil; Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Southampton possible starting lineup: McCarthy; Cedric, Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg; Ings, Redmond.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Southampton
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