Match Preview: Arsenal vs Southampton | Premier League

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

Match Preview: Arsenal vs Southampton | Premier League

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


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


Leading scorer Aubameyang 8


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


Leading scorer Ings 5