Former Premier League player and BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson believes Arsenal may not be able to secure a win against Southampton on Saturday.
Mikel Arteta’s side have suffered back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion in their last two Premier League outings.
While Palace shut out Arsenal 3-0, Brighton beat the Gunners 2-0 last week. After a good recovery in February and March, Arsenal once again lost momentum. They have lost three of their last four league games and are currently back in fifth place in the table.
They will face a motivated Southampton side at the weekend after Saints were beaten 6-0 by Chelsea in their last Premier League game.
The Gunners will also be without key players Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney, who have been ruled out through injury.
Lawrenson explained that injuries associated with their poor form could see them only get a 1-1 draw at St. Mary’s this week.
In his column for the BBC, he writes:
“Southampton have lost five of their last six games in all competitions but, with three out of four defeats, Arsenal are also struggling. The Gunners are without Thomas Partey as well as Kieran Tierney and they really miss the pair. I don’t watch them thinking they’re going to go to St Mary’s and win.
Southampton face a must-have game for Arsenal
The Gunners have a tough few games ahead as the battle for the top four gets more intense. Tottenham Hotspur are currently three points clear of them, although Spurs have played an extra game.
Arteta’s men will face Manchester United and Chelsea after their game against Southampton. Tottenham Hotspur will face Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend.
The two north London rivals have yet to face each other in the Premier League this year.
The Gunners have a good record against Saints, having lost only once in the last five meetings between the two sides. They will be keen to build on that to maintain their hopes of finishing in the top four this season.