Southampton vs Arsenal: The Gunners’ Bleak Days Could Linger
The Gunners’ campaign this season is under threat. The arrival of Mikel Arteta earlier this year has not been able to end their bleak days. In fact, such may linger if they do not strive to turn things around. This midweek will be another opportunity to fix it while facing off Southampton, which only have three point lower than them. It is a must-win game for both to improve their position.
The Saints restarted their campaign with a convincing 3-0 win over Norwich last week in Carrow Road. Danny Ings netted an opener followed by his assist to Stuart Amstrong. Their party in Norwich was closed by Nathan Redmonds goal.
The Gunners, on the other hand, lost again while travelling to Brighton despite leading first by Nicolas Pepe. Yet, Lewis Dunks and Neal Maupays goal turned things round. It was quite a comeback for Brighton and fairly shameful for Arsenal, especially Pierre Aubameyang who missed several chances.
Missing players and probable lineups
The former RB Leipzig boss, Ralph Hassenhutl might be employing 4-4-2 formation with the possible transition to 4-2-2-2. Danny Ings would be the main option at the front accompanied by possibly Michael Obafemi as Moussa Djenepo and Shane Long are ruled out due to their suspension and injury.
Southampton: Alex McCarthy; Jack Stephens, Yan Valery, Ryan Bertrand, Jannik Vestergaard; James Ward-Prowse, Pierre Hobjsberg, Stuart Amstrong, Nathan Redmond; Danny Ings, Michael Obafemi.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta is likely to deploy 4-2-3-1 formation with the transition to 4-3-3. However, some key players will be sidelined due to the injuries such as Granit Xhaka, Callum Chambers, Cedric Soares, Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Sokratis Papastathoupoulos, while David Luiz still serves his ban. The lack of option in the midfield might force him to pick Dani Ceballos, Matteo Guendozi and Bukayo Saka in the starting IX.
Arsenal: Emiliano Martinez; Skodran Musrafi, Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin; Bukayo Saka, Matteo Guendozi, Dani Ceballos; Eddie Nketiah, Pierre Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe.
In the head-to-head meetings, Pierre Aubameyang and Co may be slight dominant with three wins and two draws in the last six encounters. However, their crisis on the left flank could potentially stumble them.
Arsenal’s dark days seem to be far from over yet. Mikel Arteta might need more time to optimise his team. This could jeopardise themselves in this upcoming fixture as Hassenhutls mens confidence is high. Unless the Gunners come up with a stunning tactics, it is rather unlikely to expect them snatch points in Saint Mary Stadium.
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