It’s fair to say that the first few months of 2018 were probably some of the most difficult times that Arsene Wenger has had to endure in his lengthy reign over The Gunners, but finally they seem to be back on the rise once again.
Midweek saw them put four past CSKA Moscow in the first half, winning the first leg of that Europa League tie 4-1. In fairness they could have scored a few more, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan missing a host of chances and Aaron Ramsey being denied a hat trick by the crossbar. They could have conceded some more too, but overall it was an excellent performance to continue a run of good results.
Arsenal have now won five competitive matches on the bounce, including a double over AC Milan in the last round of the Europa League and Premier League wins over Watford and Stoke. Both of those league games ended 3-0, and now they have the chance to face a relegation threatened Southampton at home too.
The Saints were dreadful last weekend as they lost 3-0 away to West Ham, leaving them sitting 18th in the table with a two point deficit on safety. Mark Hughes saw absolutely no sign of the new manager effect, and judging by that performance we’re unlikely to see that on Sunday either. Southampton remain in contention for the FA Cup, but whilst a good cup run is always welcome they would prefer to stay in the top flight come May.
In the Premier League alone Southampton have won just one of their last 18 matches, and away from home it’s similarly bleak with one win, five draws, and seven defeats in their last 13 league games. The last two of these have been 3-0 thrashings, so Arsenal will fancy their chances here.
Admittedly Arsenal have had their issues this season, but they have won each of their last five competitive games by at least a two goal margin. Despite their struggles, at home The Gunners have won 12, drawn two, and lost two of their Premier League games this season, with all of their failures to win coming against teams above them in the table.
Nine of these 12 home wins this season have been by at least a two goal margin, and given Southampton’s back to back 3-0 losses we’re predicting an Arsenal -1 Asian Handicap Win along with a 3-0 correct score predictions.
Head To Head
Arsenal have won three, drawn two, and lost two of their last seven meetings with Southampton.
Arsenal vs Southampton Stats
- The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 22 home league games against Southampton (W16 D6), since a 0-1 loss in November 1987.
- Saints are winless in all 18 of their Premier League away games against Arsenal – the highest number of games one team has played away at another without winning in the competition.
- Arsenal have won their last two Premier League games, both by a 3-0 scoreline. The last time they won three in a row by a margin of at least three goals was in October 2015.
- Meanwhile, Saints have lost their last two league games, also both by a 3-0 scoreline. They’ve not lost three consecutively by three or more goals in league competition since August 1930 in the second tier.
- This will be the Gunners’ fifth consecutive match played at home in all competitions. The last time they had such a run was in April 2006, with the fifth and final match ending in a 5-0 victory vs Aston Villa.
- If Arsenal win, it will be their 150th Premier League win at the Emirates Stadium (226 games). They’ll be the only side to have won 150+ games at two different stadiums in the competition.