Southampton vs. Arsenal: Three key battles
Although the FA Cup’s appeal in the early rounds often centres around giant-killings, the highlight of this weekend’s set of Fourth Round fixtures may well be a meeting between two top-tier clubs in the shape of Southampton and Arsenal.
While there could be arguments made for both sides having their priorities elsewhere for the latter half of the campaign, neither will want to surrender to the other and the Saints actually have a good record against the Gunners – as witnessed in their EFL Cup victory on north London soil earlier this season.
There will, in all likelihood, be changes made by both teams as they balance other responsibilities, but that’s not to say either manager will be going weak, with the FA Cup having been a factor that’s kept the Arsenal fans somewhat in the Arsene Wenger camp in recent years, while Claude Puel has the chance to do a domestic cup double after reaching the Wembley final of the FA Cup’s less appreciated sibling, the EFL Cup.
It’s all geared up to be fascinating, then, and here are THREE battles that could decide the clash…