So game time is just 24 hours away, and to start off the buildup, let us look at the stats regarding this FA Cup tie between Southampton and Arsenal. Arsenal may be much higher in the League, as usual, but the Saints have very little to fear from the Gunners in this fixture.
This collection of facts and stats could be part of our View From The Enemy series as it comes courtesy of the official Southampton FC website, and you may find a few of them surprising!
Stat Pack: Saints vs Arsenal
Ahead of another cup meeting with Arsenal, take a look at some the key facts and figures behind the Emirates FA Cup clash at St Mary’s.
– Southampton could become the first team to knock Arsenal out of both domestic cups in the same season since Manchester United in 1982/83.
– Arsenal have progressed from 16 of their 20 FA Cup Fourth Round ties under Arsene Wenger, losing only to Leeds (1996/97), Leicester (1999/2000), Bolton (2005/06) and Stoke (2009/10).
– Southampton have kept clean sheets in four of their last five games against Arsenal in all competitions.
– The Gunners have won their last five away FA Cup matches in a row – they have never won six consecutively in the competition’s history.
– This is the first FA Cup meeting between Arsenal and Southampton since the 2003 final, which the Gunners won 1-0 courtesy of a Robert Pires goal.
– Southampton have never beaten Arsenal in an FA Cup tie (Semi-final in 1926/27, Sixth Round in 1978/79 and the final in 2002/03).
– After losing back-to-back games against Everton and Man City, the Gunners have since gone six games unbeaten in all competitions (W5 D1).
So, an interesting compendium of stats there. Other than our recent rubbish form against the Saints, it is good to know that we have never lost to them in the FA Cup before. Other than that though, do you think the stats favour us or them?