This weeks View From The Enemy comes direct from the Official Southampton FC Website, where they give you all the facts and figures and Tells us which Southampton player is Arsenal’s biggest danger tomorrow….
Match Preview: Saints vs Arsenal
Check out our match preview as Southampton look to make it successive home wins in the Premier League when they meet Arsenal at St Mary’s.
Southampton vs Arsenal
Sunday 10th December, 12.00pm GMT
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Saints are searching for back-to-back home victories when Arsenal visit on Sunday, after their 4-1 success against Everton last time out at St Mary’s.
It was a 1-1 away draw at AFC Bournemouth last time out, where Charlie Austin fired his third goal in as many games.
They come up against a side hoping to record successive league wins at Southampton for the first time since August 1997. Arsene Wenger’s men lost 3-1 to Manchester United at home in their last Premier League clash, before beating BATE Borisov 6-0 in the Europa League.
Southampton: Cédric is the only absentee for Southampton as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem, while Shane Long is back in contention after a calf injury. Another positive is the return of Josh Sims to first-team training after seven months out.
Arsenal: Shkodran Mustafi will be unavailable for Sunday’s clash at St Mary’s as he continues to recover from a thigh problem, while Theo Walcott could return after a problem with his calf.
Southampton’s previous five:
AFC Bournemouth (a) 1-1
Manchester City (a) L 2-1
Everton (h) W 4-1
Liverpool (a) L 3-0
Burnley (h) L 1-0
Arsenal’s previous five:
BATE Borisov (h) W 6-0 (Europa League)
Manchester United (h) L 1-3
Huddersfield Town (h) W 5-0
Burnley (a) W 1-0
1.FC Köln (a) L 1-0 (Europa League)
a man in form for Southampton, with a goal against AFC Bournemouth taking his goal tally to seven goals in his last 10 Premier League starts.
During his time at QPR, he scored in both of his two Premier League appearances against the Gunners and will be looking to continue his rich vein of form.
Top scorers: Charlie Austin (4), Steven Davis (3), Manolo Gabbiadini (3), Dušan Tadić (2)
Most assists: Nathan Redmond (3), Ryan Bertrand (2)
Alexandre Lacazette has settled into English football well, with eight goals in his first 15 Premier League appearances. Only two players have ever scored more in that many games and his pace could prove a threat.
Top scorers: Alexandre Lacazette (10), Olivier Giroud (8), Theo Walcott (6)
Most assists: Aaron Ramsey (7), Sead Kolasinac (5), Mesut Özil (5)
Previous four meetings:
May 2017: Southampton 0-2 Arsenal
January 2017: Southampton 0-5 Arsenal
November 2016: Arsenal 0-2 Southampton (Clasie, Bertrand)
September 2016: Arsenal 2-1 Southampton
DID YOU KNOW?
– Southampton have only lost one of their last six home Premier League games against Arsenal (W2 D3), though it was in the last such meeting back in May
– Fraser Forster has conceded just five goals in his five Premier League games against Arsenal, despite the Gunners having 30 shots on target against the England keeper.