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Premier League: Arsenal vs Southampton preview, team news, prediction and tips
December 10
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Arsenal will take on Southampton in the Premier League matchday 16 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The kick-off is at 17:00 CEST.

Preview

Very few expected Arsenal to drop points at Everton on Monday as the Toffees were on an eight-game winless streak across all competitions ahead the Gunners' visit to Goodison Park. Mikel Arteta's men, however, had disappointed their fans once again in Liverpool following their 3-2 loss at Manchester United last week with Demarai Gray's last-gasp strike securing all three points for Everton (2-1). Thus, Arsenal are coming into this encounter sitting in seventh in the PL table with 23 points.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's side, meanwhile, will travle to the English capital after registering as few as zero wins in their last five league matches, including a back-to-back draws with Leicester City (2-2) and Brighton (1-1) last week. As a result, the Saints have moved to 16th in the Premier League standings, seven points behind their forthcoming opponents and just six points above the relegation zone.

Team news

While Sead Kolasinac is the only confirmed injury absentee in Arteta's squad, Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe are all dubtful for the hosts due to respective injury woes. Oriol Romeu and Mohamed Salisu, in turn, will play no part for So'ton on Saturday through suspension while both goalkeepers Fraser Forster and Alex McCarthy are set to miss their side's trip to North London as they remain on the sidelines.

Prediction

The Gunners definitely need to take all three points in this one if Arteta's crop are to challenge the likes of Man United and Tottenham for the top-four places this term. Arsenal, however, have only managed two wins in five head-to-head meetings with the Saints since Mikel's appointment with So'ton scoring in all but one of those fixtures. Therefore, let's give a slight advantage for the hosts in this encounter which is unlikely to be an easy walk for Arsenal.

Tip

Arsenal to win or draw and both teams to score at 2.15 with 1XBET.


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