Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will not have Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez through injury, as well as Pablo Osvaldo who serves a 2 week suspension after a brawl in training. Lovren will be their biggest loss, as Southampton will have to be defensively solid to keep out the current league leaders.
Arsenal (4-4-1-1): Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Gnabry, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Giroud
Aaron Ramsey returns from a four week layoff and looks set to feature with Matheui Flamini in the middle of the park. Gnabry should also retain his position on the right side with in form Santi Cazorla on the left. Up front, Mesut Ozil will look to provide the ammunition for Olivier Giroud, who can make it into double figures with a goal in this game.
Just a quick mention, I’m gonna say if arsenal lose to Southampton, Wenger may feel a panic buy is on the cards
— L U K E (@Pickford_14) January 28, 2014
#afc Wenger says Wilshere a doubt for Southampton with ankle problem. Arteta, Ramsey, Vermaelen all back
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 27, 2014
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 9 matches against Southampton in all competitions since losing 3-2 at St Mary’s in the PL in Nov 2002. — Highbury Haröld (@Iam_Luka) January 28, 2014
Arsenal became the first team in 22 years to retain an FA Cup, beating Southampton in the final back in 2003.
Arsene Wenger once quoted that “once Aaron Ramsey starts scoring goals, he won’t stop.” With a sharp drop in price due to injury (down to 7.1 in the Official Fantasy Premier League game), Aaron Ramsey could be the Arsenal man to get you the points when he returns for the Gunners tonight.
Southampton vs. Arsenal: An Alternative Preview
Southampton have four players to have played in every league game this season, more than any other team in the league (Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez and Ward-Prowse).
Arsenal have hit the target with 53% of their shots this season, the best accuracy rate in the Barclays Premier League.
The Gunners have scored more headed goals (9) than any other team in the top division; these goals have come from seven different players.
68% of the goals Arsenal have conceded this season have been shipped in the second half of games; the highest proportion in the top flight.
Arsenal have won five and lost none of their last eight Premier League games against Southampton, but have won just one of the last four trips to St Mary’s (W1 D2 L1).
Since their return to the top flight, Saints have played Arsenal three times and the Gunners have not picked up a single card in those matches.
Jack Wilshere has scored (one) or assisted (three) four of Arsenal’s last five Premier League goals.
Only one team has managed to score more than one goal against Arsenal in their last 21 Premier League matches (Man City 6-3 Arsenal).
Southampton conceded just five goals in their opening 11 Premier League games, but have shipped 20 in the last 11 with that run starting with a 0-2 defeat against Arsenal in November.
The last time Southampton beat Arsenal was in November 2002, with a James Beattie brace helping them to a 3-2 win at St Mary’s.