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Southampton vs Arsenal: Preview and Predicted Line-up 

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Following back-to-back defeats against Crystal Palace and Brighton, Arsenal will be travelling to the south coast to encounter Southampton in a crucial Premier League fixture on Saturday. 

Despite starting the season on a disappointing note, the Gunners managed to pull themselves back into the contention for the Champions League spot next season. However, three defeats in the last four games have put them behind the arch-rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, in the race for the top-four finish. 

The north London club are currently sitting fifth in the table with 54 points in 30 games. Three points behind the fourth-placed Spurs with a game in hand. On the other hand, the Saints are 14th in the table with 36 points in 31 games. 

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will be coming into this game off the back of a lacklustre 6-0 defeat against Chelsea last weekend. Meanwhile, in the reverse fixture between these two sides, Arsenal defeated Southampton by 3-0. And the Saints will be eyeing revenge from this encounter. 

Southampton are currently without a win against Arsenal in the Premier League over the last six encounters. The Gunners won four of those games and the other two fixtures ended in draws. So, the south coast team will be looking to get back to winning ways against the north London club. 

Southampton’s recent form in Premier League: L-L-L-D-L

Arsenal’s recent form in Premier League: W-L-W-L-L

Southampton vs Arsenal Team News:

Southampton boss will be looking to change things around in this fixture after a heavy defeat against Chelsea. Meanwhile, Armando Broja will return to action after remaining ineligible to face his parent club Chelsea last weekend, while Alex McCarthy could also return between the sticks. 

Southampton’s predicted line-up against Arsenal(4-4-2):

Alex McCarthy; Valentino Livramento, Jan Bednarek, Mohammed Salisu, Kyle Walker-Peters; Stuart Armstrong, James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Mohamed Elyounoussi; Armando Broja, Che Adams 

Arsenal will be without their left-back Kieran Tierney due to injury issues and Thomas Partey will also remain sidelined as a consequence of injury problems. Takehiro Tomiyasu will also miss out on this game due to injury issues. 

Arsenal predicted line-up against Southampton(4-2-3-1):

Aaron Ramsdale; Cedric Soares, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhães, Nuno Tavares; Granit Xhaka, Albert Sambi Lokonga; Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka; Alexandre Lacazette 

Southampton 0-2 Arsenal 

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