Arsenal vs Southampton: Prem League – Preview and Predictions

Southampton are heading to the Emirates to kick off the next leg of their schedule and look to grab a result against a struggling Arsenal side.

Both sides are looking for a result they both desperately need. Southampton, currently sit in the relegation zone and need to turn their season around before they find themselves too far gone. And for Arsenal, they are sitting in 6th but Unai Emery is feeling the heat and is allegedly fighting for his job.

It will be a tough match for the Saints to get a result but Hasenhuttl did manage to beat Arsenal last season so he is likely using that win from last year as motivation for this week. The team should be fresh and ready to go but will the result follow? Let us take a look at how both teams could take all 3 points on Saturday.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal shoots during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

How Arsenal Will Win

The Gunners have a high-powered offense that can make scoring look easy at times. The likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette will be licking their chops when they see the Southampton defense and knowing the amount of goals they can concede.

There will be goals in this game that is for sure. It will come down to if Arsenal’s defense can hold the Saints to only a goal or even keep a clean sheet. Bernd Leno has faced a ton of shots this season because of the leaky defense so if they can limit the shots he faces they should be able to win this game.

I suspect Emery will put an attacking line-up out and try to force the issue. Should be an interesting game and how they attack Southampton.

How Southampton Will Win

Southampton are going to have to put in one of their better performances of the season if they hope to get a win this weekend. The path to victory is much the same as the path for Arsenal just Saints need to be more clinical when it comes to finishing their chances. They will get opportunities but if they cannot find the back of the net then it will not matter.

The defense will also need to limit the chances they allow the deadly duo of Lacazette and Aubameyang get on Saturday because one if not both will score on Saturday. Arsenal, will come out of the gates hot and if they cannot concede a quick goal there is a chance they can fight for a result.

Going to need a good performance from everybody on Saturday to get all 3 points and start turning the season around.

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Predicted line-ups

Arsenal: 4-3-1-2

Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno

Defenders: Callum Chambers, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney

Midfielders: Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Daniel Ceballos

Attacking Midfielder: Mesut Ozil

Forwards: Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Southampton: 3-4-3

Goalkeeper: Alex McCarthy

Defenders: Jan Bednarek, Jack Stephens, Kevin Danso

Midfielders: Cedric, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oriol Romeu, Ryan Bertrand

Forwards: Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings, Moussa Djenepo

Predicted Score

Arsenal 3-1 Southampton

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