Arsenal Southampton
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Arsenal Manager Unai Emery during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal FC at The King Power Stadium on November 9, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal, and especially Unai Emery, need three points on Saturday as they face Southampton and Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Gunners are quickly falling out of the race for the top four and the manager is perhaps facing a dressing room revolt due to his tactics.

Meanwhile, the Saints have lost four of their last five Premier League matches, drawing the other. One could say this is a derby between two under-fire managers.

Arsenal Need Victory Over Southampton

Wretched Results

Southampton are struggling and haven’t won a Premier League match since defeating ten-man Sheffield United in September. Arsenal haven’t done much better. Their last league victory came on 6 October against Bournemouth.

In fact, that is the only win in the last five league games for the Gunners. The other four results were split evenly; two draws and two defeats. That simply isn’t good enough for a squad with Champions League aspirations.

However, Arsenal have been a bit better at home. They are unbeaten in six home games this season, although have drawn three. Southampton, meanwhile, are better away from home than at Saint Mary’s with both of their league wins coming on the road.

Team News

Arsenal were just about back to full squad fitness before the international break. Reiss Nelson has recovered fully from injury and even featured for the England under 21s against the Netherlands on Tuesday.

Dani Ceballos came off with a thigh strain against Vitoria Guimaraes and didn’t feature for his country over the break. The club has confirmed that he will not return to full training until December.

Sead Kolasinac is a question for Saturday’s match. He returned from international duty with a thigh strain and may not be available in time to face Southampton.

However, despite the fact he did play for Switzerland, Granit Xhaka is likely to miss out as Emery is tight-lipped about his playing status.

Meanwhile, Southampton will welcome Ryan Bertrand back from suspension. As an added bonus, Pierre Højbjerg has recovered from a concussion and will be available for selection.

Prediction

With two managers on the hot seat both teams might just set out to attack first and ask questions later. Even if Southampton park the bus, however, Arsenal’s attack is clearly superior and should take the day.

Predicted score: Arsenal 3 Southampton 1

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