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The Gunners are in freefall down the league table, and there is massive pressure on manager Mikel Arteta to get things back on track. Since beating Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in early November, Arsenal have picked up one point in five Premier League games. The Gunners have also lost their last four league games at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal are in 15th place, just five points above the drop zone, which is a staggering drop in standards for the club. In their last match, they lost 1-0 to Burnley, who are one of the five teams below them in the standings, which was a massive cause for concern.

On the other hand, fourth-placed Southampton are flying. With Liverpool and Tottenham facing each other on Wednesday, the Saints may have a chance to leapfrog one of them if they win this game. Southampton condemned Sheffield United to yet more misery at the weekend, as they ran out 3-0 winners at St. Mary's in a game that they dominated from start to finish.

Date, kick-off time, and venue

Arsenal vs. Southampton is scheduled for an 18:00 (UK) kick-off on Wednesday 16th December 2020.

The match will be held at the Emirates Stadium. With London being placed back in tier 3 of the United Kingdom's COVID-19 restrictions, it means that no fans will be allowed into the stadium for this game.

How to watch Arsenal vs. Southampton

What TV channel is Arsenal vs Southampton on in the UK? The Amazon Prime app

Where can I stream Arsenal vs Southampton in the UK? This match can be streamed live on Amazon Prime

Arsenal vs. Southampton Head To Head History

This will be the 100th clash between Arsenal and Southampton, with the Gunners having won 51 of those. Southampton have won only 21 of those games, with 27 endings in draws.

Overall H2H Record

TEAM PLAYED WIN DRAW LOSE SCORE GOALS SCORED GOALS ALLOWED
Arsenal 87 43 23 21 146:94 1.68 1.08
Southampton 87 21 23 43 94:146 1.08 1.68

5 Lastest Arsenal vs. Southampton Matches

25 June 2020 – Southampton 0-2 Arsenal – Premier League

23 November 2019 – Southampton 2-2 Arsenal – Premier League

24 February 2019 – Arsenal 2-0 Southampton – Premier League

16 December 2018 – Southampton 3-2 Arsenal – Premier League

08 April 2018 – Arsenal 3-2 Southampton – Premier League

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Key stats

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 25 home league games against Southampton (W18 D7) since a 0-1 loss in November 1987.

Southampton drew this exact fixture with Arsenal 2-2 last season, conceding a 90th-minute equaliser courtesy of Alexandre Lacazette. They’ve not avoided defeat in consecutive away league games against Arsenal since September 1988.

Arsenal are unbeaten in all 21 of their Premier League home games against Southampton (W15 D6), the most home games a team has played against another in the competition without ever losing.

Arsenal have lost just one of their 21 Wednesday Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium (W14 D6), going down 1-2 against Swansea in March 2016.

Southampton are winless in their last 21 Premier League away games played on a Wednesday (D7 L14), since winning 2-0 at Chelsea in April 1995.

Excluding own goals, 10 of the last 16 Premier League goals scored in fixtures between Arsenal and Southampton have been scored by English players – prior to this, only 10 of the previous 55 goals were scored by Englishmen.

Arsenal have received six Premier League red cards since Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge in December 2019, double that of any other side in this time.

Southampton have won 23 points in their opening 12 Premier League games this season (W7 D2 L3) – assuming three points for a win in all seasons, only in 2014/15 (26) have they had more points after 12 matches in a top-flight season.

Danny Ings has scored three Premier League goals in three appearances against Arsenal for Southampton – no Saints player has ever scored four goals against the Gunners in the competition.

With the 96th chance he had created in the Premier League, Southampton’s Oriol Romeu registered his first assist against Sheffield United in their last match, in his 193rd appearance. Among outfield players with at least one assist, only Stephane Henchoz (234th match) had a longer wait for his first assist in the Premier League.

Team News

Arsenal

Granit Xhaka's red card against Burnley on Sunday means that he will miss the next three games, while Hector Bellerin is also banned for this one after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season. Nicolas Pepe is now back available after his serving his own suspension, though.

Thomas Partey remains sidelined for the Gunners, while Arteta must check on head injuries for David Luiz and Reiss Nelson.

Sead Kolasinac is also expected to miss out, while Gabriel Martinelli could be in contention for a place in the squad after coming through a youth game unscathed as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

Injured: Reiss Nelson, David Luiz, Thomas Partey, Sead Kolasinac

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin

Southampton

Southampton boasts a clean bill of health and could name an unchanged side to the one which cruised past Sheffield United, although Nathan Redmond will be pushing for a start after scoring off the bench in that game.

Che Adams now has four goals to his name in 12 games this season, already matching his tally from 30 outings last season, with all eight of his Premier League strikes coming since lockdown ended in June.

Danny Ings, meanwhile, could become the first Saints player ever to register four Premier League goals against the Gunners, having netted three times in as many appearances against them for the club.

The Saints have no known concerns in terms of injuries or niggles.

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Arsenal vs. Southampton Form

Arsenal Premier League form: WLDLLL

Arsenal form (all competitions): WLWLWL

Southampton Premier League form: WWDLWW

Arsenal vs. Southampton predicted lineups

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Arsenal possible starting lineups (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney; Dani Ceballos, Mohamed Elneny; Nicholas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, Bukayo Saka; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Southampton possible starting lineups (4-2-2-2): Alex McCarthy; Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand; Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse; Stuart Armstrong, Nathan Redmond; Che Adams, Danny Ings

Arsenal vs. Southampton predictions

Southampton will beat Arsenal with 1 goal, according to SportsMole.

They say that Southampton may never get a better chance to end their woeful away record against Arsenal than this match, with the Gunners in disarray and struggling to pick up a point or even score a goal at the Emirates right now.

Arteta's side still have the quality to turn that dreadful form around this season, but it will be a big ask for them to do that against an in-form Southampton side full of confidence at the moment.

With the same idea, Sportskeeda predicted Arsenal 1-3 Southampton. In the current form of these two teams, there is only one likely winner. Southampton are playing vibrant attacking football, and that could prove too much to handle for an Arsenal defence that sometimes play as though they have never seen each other before.

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