Arsenal face Southampton for the second time in four days as they travel to St. Mary’s Stadium for Tuesday’s Premier League clash. This is the match preview.
Facing the Saints away from home is rarely an enjoyable fixture for the visiting supporters. Remember that season where a Shane Long-inspired (that’s embarrassing enough) Southampton wiped the floor with Arsenal 4-0 having not claimed three points for weeks on end? Not a fun evening.
It’s another night on the south coast up next for a crucial top-flight clash, one that is the beginning of a torrid set of fixtures for Mikel Arteta‘s side.
Having crashed out of the FA Cup on Saturday with a whimper, what result comes next could determine just how right the Spaniard was to make wholesale alterations for the fourth round clash.
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Arsenal are in Premier League action on Tuesday against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton side
Everyone’s opinion will differ, but it was the right call to rotate against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side. You have a squad for a reason.
That’s now water under the bridge and the best response to that failing is to start pushing up the Premier League table. Arsenal could overtake the Saints in the standings, and even have the chance to move up to the dizzying heights of eighth if results go there way.
Top four is a distant dream at the moment when you factor in the weaknesses of those who don’t feature in the preferred starting lineups, but it is within sight. Regardless of how faint the club’s hopes are of securing a European berth, while they’re obtainable they can’t be ruled out.
Finishing in the top six is grueling enough, and how the scoreline finishes on Tuesday night will go some way to determining how realistic Arsenal’s aspirations should be this season.
It won’t be easy at St. Mary’s. Southampton are a solid unit full of players buying into a style, so Arsenal have to show up. Here is your preview of the Premier League clash.