rsenal need a change of momentum today as they travel to Southampton shortly after Tottenham’s first four rivals host Brighton in the Premier League.
Having lost two games on the spin and injured key players, the pressure is on Mikel Arteta as the Gunners’ bid for that final Champions League spot fails.
As much progress as his young side have made this season, being beaten to fourth place by rivals Spurs – who face Brighton in Saturday’s midday kick-off – would be a hugely disappointing end to what looked like a breakthrough campaign for the Artet Project.
Arsenal’s visit to Southampton – who were beaten 6-0 by Chelsea last time out – comes ahead of a nightmarish run in which they face Thomas Tuchel’s side Manchester United and West Ham, making three points on the south coast extremely important.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game…
Date, kick-off time and venue
Southampton vs Arsenal is scheduled to kick off at 3pm BST on Saturday 16 April 2022.
St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton will host the competition.
Where to watch Southampton v Arsenal
TV channel: With the game taking place during the 3 p.m. blackout in English football, it will not be shown live on TV in the UK.
Strong points: Match of the Day, however, will show the highlights when it airs at 10.30pm BST on BBC One this Saturday.
Live Blog: You can always follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog, featuring Simon Collings at St Mary’s.
Southampton vs Arsenal Team News
It will be fascinating to see how Arteta tackles his left-back problem. In the home loss to Brighton, Granit Xhaka was deployed out of position in place of Nuno Tavares after his poor performance at Crystal Palace.
Arteta has hinted that Xhaka will continue in the role this weekend, while Alexandre Lacazette is expected to be available after missing a few training sessions for private reasons.
Elsewhere, Arsenal will surely be looking to turn things around in midfield too, particularly with double pivot Martin Odegaard and Albert Sambi Lokonga all too often overlooked.
Granted, there are plenty of questions to answer for Arteta, who already has a fairly small squad and will likely be without Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey for the rest of the season. Takehiro Tomiyasu is expected to return to full training after this weekend.
For Southampton, Ralph Hasenhuttl will surely bring changes after the miserable home defeat to Chelsea. Indeed, his side have reacted well to similar results in the past and star striker Armando Broja is available again after being ineligible to face his parent club.
Alex McCarthy, Shane Long and Lyanco are all facing late fitness tests.
Southampton vs Arsenal Prediction
Arsenal could catch Southampton at the wrong time. With Saints already staring down the beach ahead of the Chelsea game, the way this result should provoke some sort of reaction from a team that, while capable of losing by such huge margins, boasts of quality of his day.
Head-to-head history and results (h2h)
Southampton win: 53
Arsenal win: 22