Southampton v Arsenal Build-up and Score Prediction – Expect goals tonight

Arsenal make the short trip south to the St Mary’s Stadium this evening, in a fixture growing with importance.

After back-to-back defeats since the restart, the Gunners will be desperate to get back to winning ways, with their hopes of qualifying for Europe getting slimmer by the day at present.

Our side has dropped down to 11th in the division at present, albeit with a game-in-hand over the majority of those above us, with nine points separating us from the European places.

Our team has also been ravaged by injuries of late, with Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari and Bernd Leno recently succumbing to likely season-ending injuries, and Granit Xhaka joining Sokratis and Cedric Soares on the sidelines currently also.

David Luiz is suspended for the tie, along with Southampton’s Moussa Djenepo, but the Saints will be blessed by the fact that they have zero players currently unavailable through injury.

Southampton come into the tie having won their only fixture since the restart, coming away comfortable 3-0 victors over Norwich on the weekend, although the Canaries seem a little too comfy in propping up the rest of the table.

The hosts can actually draw level on points with us with a win tonight, but a loss would leave them 10 points clear of the drop zone with seven matches left to play, which should mean that they have little pressure going into tonight’s match.

Arsenal will not be feeling too comfy going into tonight’s encounter knowing that they have an ever-growing defensive issue with injuries and a lack of organisation, while knowing their opponents have one of the most in-form strikers this term.

Danny Ings has as many league goals (16) from open play as our very own Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while the Gabonese forward has clocked up around 400 more minutes than his rival.

While neither side will be overly confident in securing all three points tonight, one team SHOULD be primed to show the fight that has been missing in recent games, and Arsenal’s overall ability should steer them to victory.

I’m going to go with a far-from easy 3-2 victory over our rivals tonight, with Nicolas Pepe, Aubameyang and Ings all getting themselves on the scoresheet.

Will Arsenal stop the rot tonight? Does anyone predict an unlikely clean sheet for either side? What is your score prediction for the trip to the south-coast?

Patrick

17 Comments

  1. Mrcool says:

    Arsenal will be a bonus for the saints tonight.

    We can only be very lucky to secure a point tonight, especially with the caliber of defence and mid fielders we have.

    Arteta will be very disappointed that David looooose will not be available to ruin the game as usual.
    I am sure he will field his unproductive wonder kids to run the show…

  2. ThirdManJW says:

    Arsenal will be a nice training game for the Saints in between their competitive fixtures. They absolutely battered us at the Emirates, and I can see it happening again.

    4-1 to the Saints

  3. Budhaditya Chatterjee says:

    Anything less than a 3-0 loss will be considered a good result for us.

    1. Trudeau says:

      Gosh I miss the mornings when I’d wake up, realise it was an Arsenal game day and count the minutes down until kick-off.

      I’m trying something else today. I’ll record it, find out your score and then decide whether to watch. Just watching out for my mental wellbeing.

  4. jon fox says:

    I PREDICT A TWO GOAL MARGIN DEFEAT. Based as ever on unbiased proper consideration of the relative teams strengths and weaknesses-in our case almost ALL are weaknesses- plus form in the last respective games of both teams.

  5. ozziegunner says:

    There’s no doubt the listless performances of these Arsenal players have destroyed any remaining confidence in supporters for a good result.
    The optimist in me can only hope they snap out of it soon.

  6. Dan kit says:

    I see the doom merchants are out in force above me 👆
    So I’ll go with a 2-1 win to show my support seeing that is our jobs as fans .

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      Why do you always have a problem with people speaking the truth? None of us want to see Arsenal lose, we’re just being realistic.

      Predicting a result has got absolutely nothing to with how supportive a fan you are. If that is the case, and we’re making delusional predictions to prove how much a fan we are, then I think Arsenal will win all their remaining games, qualify for the CL, and win it next season! Now I’m a better fan than you! Hahaha!

      1. Dan kit says:

        It’s exhausting reading your posts ,a few of you start with the negativity then it rubs off on everyone else who can’t think for themselves .,then before we know here we are .

        1. Dan kit says:

          You seem to revel in any Arsenal misery atm ,which I find quite weird but hey it’s only my opinion

          1. ThirdManJW says:

            Well why don’t you write some positive articles then for us all to read. What positives these would be, I have know idea! Maybe bring Wenger back?

          2. Dan kit says:

            Delusional predictions 4-1 👍
            Good one , stick to the conspiracy theories mate .

  7. Glorious says:

    As a true fan, l still expect us to come back with the points. I guess we will be standing tall at the end of the day. Good luck to us tonight

  8. Quantic Dream says:

    2-2 draw for me! Aubameyang & Pepè .

  9. Sue says:

    There’s nothing more I want more than a decent performance and 3 points in the bag! Whether it happens though is a different matter…
    Nobody can blame us for all the pessimism right now… we’ve been poor, really poor on the road for as long as I can remember… we’ve lost too many to injuries.. we’ve only won 9 games all season… we have too many players partial to a brain fart…St Mary’s is a bogey ground.. and to top that, Brighton just completed the double over us!! We’re not in a good place!
    So it’s no wonder really most of us are nervous about tonight!!
    I always felt a bit better knowing Leno was between the sticks… no such luck tonight…
    Maybe if we score first, it’ll gee them all up 🙏🙏🙏 COYG (please!!)
    Haven’t got a scooby about the score 😂

  10. Samson says:

    No idea in mind for the whole Arsenal squad

  11. Andrew Elder says:

    1-1 draw!!

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