Arsenal: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Ceballos, Elneny, Saka; Pepe, Aubameyang, Willian
Southampton: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Walcott; Ings, Adams
Arsenal vs Southampton Score Prediction
I tip my hat to the supporter who comes into this one with even the slightest inkling of hope. Whether it’s hidden in the back of your brain and the size of a fingernail, if there is but a faint voice telling you this will end well, I commend you.
That probably has something to do with the lack of Bellerin and Xhaka.
Bellerin had started the season strongly only to have tailed off considerably in recent weeks, whereas Xhaka has flattered to deceive throughout the campaign.
Some argue his stats suggest otherwise. He ranked second for passes into the final third prior to Burnley, a totally miscued figure that ignores where those passes go and how many touches he needs before distributing them.
Added mobility is impossible to avoid for Wednesday with his absence, as even Dani Ceballos can claim to be quicker getting about the pitch, albeit not by much.
Arteta has to change his team around. Following the Spurs defeat his only alteration was Mohamed Elneny coming in. An enforced one. Despite placing so much belief in the shambolic senior troupe, he’s become so set in his ways that the only two changes we can expect will be those he has no say over.
Nobody wants to face Southampton at this moment in time, their strike partnership is a delightfully enjoyable modern variation of the classic forward combos, while James Ward-Prowse is the master puppeteer who keeps the Saint ticking along.
Their only weakness is in goal, but even Alex McCarthy has enjoyed a decent run of form this season. Theo Walcott is back at the Emirates too; him notching a goal is an outcome not worth visiting.
It will get worse before it gets better. And while an improvement is demanded from Arsenal, and slightly expected, this falls into the ‘worse’ category.