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Southampton Vs Arsenal Preview: Team News, Predicted Line-Ups, Match Facts, Highlights and More

Arsene Wenger’s Gunners take on the Southampton at St Mary’s.

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PREVIEW

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins: “We have learnt that if we get a poor result, you move on.”

Team news: The severity of Adam Lallana’s knee injury is being kept under wraps, although manager Nigel Adkins has admitted the Saints captain will not be able to face the Gunners. Right-back Nathaniel Clyne is a doubt with a knee complaint that forced him to miss Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Stoke.

Southampton (from): K Davis, Gazzaniga, Boruc, Richardson, Butterfield, Stephens, Clyne, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Reeves, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Cork, Chaplow, De Ridder, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Puncheon, Lee, Lambert, Rodriguez, Mayuka.

Arsenal

Team news: Centre-back Per Mertesacker could be available after illness. Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky was left on the bench for Saturday’s 7-3 win over Newcastle, so may also come back into contention to feature at St Mary’s.Defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) and midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) are expected to start training again this week.

Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Arteta, Cazorla, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Walcott, Mannone, Ramsey, Coquelin, Giroud, Gervinho, Djourou, Jenkinson, Arshavin.
Match officials

Referee: L Probert; Assistants: R Ganfield, M Wilkes; Fourth official: M Jones

SOURCE: Official Premier League

LINE-UPS

Southampton (Possible, 4-4-2): K Davis; Yoshida, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw; Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Do Prado; Lambert, Rodriguez.

Arsenal (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski; Walcott.

STAT-ATTACK

Head-to-head

Southampton have only won two of their last 10 home matches against Arsenal in the Premier League (W2, D3, L5).

The Gunners won 6-1 in this season’s reverse fixture and are vying to beat Southampton home and away in the same Premier League campaign for the sixth time.

Southampton

They have only won one of their last five matches, averaging a point per game during that spell.

Southampton have only taken two points from nine games against top-half opposition.

The Saints have kept just two clean sheets this season and conceded more goals (37) than any side other than Aston Villa.

Rickie Lambert is the joint-second highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League this season with eight goals. Only Jermain Defoe (10) has more.

Arsenal

Arsenal have won a record six Premier League matches on New Year’s Day, including their last four. Their only defeat on 1 January was at Charlton in 2001.

They are unbeaten when scoring first in the league this season, winning seven games and drawing two.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made 44 first-team appearance for Southampton between 2010 and 2011, while Theo Walcott remains the youngest player to play for the Saints, aged 16 years and 13 days. He scored five goals in only 13 starts to earn a move to Arsenal for a revised £9.1m in January 2006.

Lukas Podolski has scored (four) or set-up (four) eight goals in his last eight Premier League appearances.

SOURCE: BBC Sport


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