Arsenal vs Southampton: Prediction, team news and Starting XI

Unai Emery badly needs a result as Arsenal host Southampton this Saturday following a tough international break.

A meek 2-0 defeat at Leicester City saw the Gunners sign off eight points off the Premier League top four, with head coach Emery feeling the heat as fans question whether he is the right man to lead the club forward.

Emery is also under pressure to prove his decision to strip Granit Xhaka of the captaincy was the correct one, and must settle a squad now led by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The saving grace for Arsenal is that they face a Southampton side in relegation form, though Ralph Hasenhuttl will look at this game in north London as something of a free hit for the struggling Saints.

Arsenal 2-1 Southampton

The Gunners are unbeaten at the Emirates so far this season, but have drawn three of their six League matches.

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That will boost a Southampton side who have been terrible at home (five defeats and a draw) but are far better on the road (two wins, a draw and three defeats) – but Emery’s attack should have enough to see out a win.

Team news 

Arsenal

Xhaka’s fate remains unclear, with Emery tight-lipped over whether the Switzerland international will be considered for selection again.

Dani Ceballos is on the road to recovery and could be back in contention from a thigh injury, though the Spaniard’s possible absence could make Emery think again on Xhaka’s exile.

Southampton

Ryan Bertrand will be back from suspension, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is on the comeback trail from concussion.

Predicted lineups

Arsenal: Leno; Chambers, David Luiz, Holding; Bellerin, Torreira, Guendouzi, Tierney; Ozil; Lacazette, Aubameyang

Southampton: McCarthy; Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Cedric; Redmond, Ings, Djenepo

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