Arsenal v Southampton: match preview

on 22 November 2019

Unai Emery has his board’s public backing but that will surely wear exceedingly thin if Arsenal slip up against Southampton or, next weekend, Norwich. He may spring a surprise by recalling Granit Xhaka – a temptation given the thin midfield options at his disposal – but is more likely to use the bulk of the side that put in an improved performance at Leicester before the international break, perhaps reverting to a back four. A dominant showing is needed, for the first time this season really, against opponents who should be there for the taking. Nick Ames

Saturday 3pm

Venue Emirates Stadium

Last season Arsenal 2 Southampton 0

Referee Stuart Attwell

This season G6 Y19 R1 3.33 cards/game

Odds H 1-2 A 28-5 D 4-1

ARSENAL

Subs from Martínez, Kolasinac, Nelson, Mustafi, Holding, Chambers, Xhaka, Martinelli, Pépé, Saka, Smith Rowe, Mavropanos, Maitland-Niles

Doubtful Holding (unknown), Kolasinac (hamstring), Saka (unknown)

Injured Ceballos (hamstring, 21 Dec)

Suspended None

Discipline Y27 R1

Form DWLDDL

Leading scorer Aubameyang 8

SOUTHAMPTON

Subs from Gunn, Lewis, Soares, Yoshida, Adams, Djenepo, Boufal, Obafemi, Bertrand, Vokins, Slattery, Ramsay, Danso, Sims, McQueen

Doubtful None

Injured None

Suspended None

Discipline Y14 R2

Form LLDLLL

Leading scorer Ings 5

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