Arsenal looked to have finally found their feet under Mikel Arteta this season, climbing from the relegation zone to just outside the top four. They remain just four points off West Ham in the final Champions League spot, but things aren’t well at the Emirates. The Gunners have lost three of their past four Premier League games, beaten by Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton. The latter was only a 2-1 loss but it saw Arsenal give away a lead late on and also be saved from a heavier defeat thanks to two close (but correct) VAR offside calls. Now, Arteta must once again get his team up and running or risk falling back down the table.
They face a Southampton side also struggling for form, winless in their past four games. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men had strung two wins together for the first time this season just before the November international break, beating Watford and Aston Villa, but it’s been downhill since. Defeats to Norwich and Liverpool followed, the former still in the relegation zone, before draws with Leicester and Brighton in which they saw leads lost.
Arsenal vs Southampton: Match Stats
Southampton have been terrible on the road in 2021, losing 14 away Premier League matches, their most in a single year since 2004 when they lost 15. Arsenal, meanwhile, have won their last three home Premier League matches including the last two without conceding.
Arsenal’s main attackers have been struggling in front of goal recently but Martin Odegaard appears to be hitting form at the right time. The Norwegian has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances, netting against Man Utd and Everton (albeit both in defeats).
26 January 2021 – Southampton 1-3 Arsenal – Premier League
23 January 2021 – Southampton 1-0 Arsenal – FA Cup
14 December 2020 – Arsenal 1-1 Southampton – Premier League
25 June 2020 – Southampton 0-2 Arsenal – Premier League
23 November 2019 – Arsenal 2-2 Southampton – Premier League
Arsenal are unbeaten in their past five Premier League matches against Southampton, with three wins and two draws. The Gunners also haven’t lost against Southampton at home in the league since 1987 (a run of 26 matches). However, Southampton did knock the Gunners out of the FA Cup last season.