Match Preview: Southampton vs Arsenal

Arsenal have had a relatively long week as they have had to sit on their hands and wonder what went wrong against Brighton and Hove Albion in their last encounter.

Indeed, the Gunners were rather poor against the Seagulls and found that the team that they typically do not do too well against were once again a side that had their number.

Mikel Arteta’s side did not appear to get going until it was far too late, thus conceding a 2-1 defeat and – for some – the potential to claim the top four spot, especially as Tottenham Hotspur continue to put on the pressure and pick up the results that they need in order to challenge for it.

Indeed, whilst many at the Emirates Stadium might be enjoying playing at Robinroo, they might want to be able to enjoy using the site whilst they are playing in the UEFA Champions League next season. However, in order to make that a potential reality, they will need to overcome the challenge of Southampton on Saturday.

Arsenal will head to the St. Mary’s Stadium on the back of their defeat to Brighton, but Chelsea may not have done them any favours with what had happened last week, either.

Indeed, the Blues managed to smash six past the Saints on the south coast, therefore you can guarantee that Ralph Hasenuhuttl’s side will have been plotting their own plans, strategies and methods in order to bounce back and continue to enjoy a positive Premier League season.

The Saints have been in trouble recently in the Premier League after suffering from a poor run of form, therefore perhaps giving the Gunners the onus to go and get the victory and the three points to go with it on Saturday afternoon.

Naturally, Arteta’s side will need to be a whole lot better, though, when they take to the pitch, and those who visit prior to kick-off might find that they will be in a positive mood prior to the 3 PM start.

Nonetheless, the team is going to have to produce a much better performance than what they had managed to achieve last weekend and will need to be raring to go from the first whistle, rather than starting to play after going two goals down.

Will Arsenal be able to record a victory against the Saints this weekend? Only time will tell, but if they want UEFA Champions League football next season, then that is all they should be looking to go for!