If the last wasn’t, this is a must-win game for Arsenal
Arsenal will host Southampton in the Premier League tomorrow as the fixture list just comes in thick and heavy at this stage of the season. Normally, fans would love this busy schedule, but Arsenal fans certainly don’t.
Their side just can’t seem to catch a break in the English top-flight. In their lost four home league games, the Gunners find themselves without a win. That said, they simply need a turnaround in this one, there are no more excuses on the matter.
Mikel Arteta is a stern manager that doesn’t like when things aren’t going his team’s way. It’s all well and good the fans and pundits alike criticising him for his team selections, tactics, etc. but he is his own harshest critic and he will want things to turn around more than anyone in the world.
Southampton are an incredibly strong side this season, having only lost three games. They sit fifth in the league table so they are not the kind of opposition to be undermined. With both sides looking for a win for differing reasons, it’ll make for a great matchup.
I never thought I would be saying this, but it’s the Saints that go into this one as the favourites. Their decision to stick with Ralph Hasenhuttl, even when the going got tough.
How to watch on TV
When is kick off? Wednesday 16th October
What time is kick off? 18:00 BST
Where is kick off? Emirates Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream: fuboTV (US)
Firstly, let’s discuss the suspensions for Arsenal. Granit Xhaka picked up a straight red card in the game against Burnley, meaning he will be unavailable for this one. Hector Bellerin also picked up a fifth yellow card in that game, so he won’t be available for selction either.
However, there is good news for Arsenal; Nicolas Pepe will return from his suspension. It’s a much-needed return for the Gunners too, since they were missing his dynamism in attack against Burnley at the weekend.
Injury-wise, the Gunners will not see Thomas Partey as he is still nursing an injury which has seen him sidelined for some weeks. inews predict that Alexandre Lacazette could be a doubt too through injury, which could be good news for Eddie Nketiah who has been pushing for a start for the last few weeks. The youngster impressed in the Europa League.
There is not much to report from Southampton’s point of view, which of course is a good thing. They will be able to select their strongest possible lineup, which I would argue only adds to them being the favourites.
What is your score prediction for this match?