Match Preview: Saints vs Arsenal

By SFC Media Fri 27 Jan Saints vs Arsenal

Get the lowdown ahead of Southampton's clash with Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup.


A place in the last 16 of the Emirates FA Cup is the prize for the winner of this tie, which takes place at St Mary's on Saturday, with kick-off set for 5.30pm GMT.

For Saints, victory would keep alive the dream of a Wembley double, after Claude Puel’s side this week booked their place in the final of the EFL Cup.

Arsenal were knocked out of that competition by Southampton at the quarter-final stage, and will be keen on revenge when they visit St Mary’s.

The Gunners have their own hopes of a double this season, with Arsène Wenger’s men currently second in the Premier League table.


James Ward-Prowse picked up an injury against Liverpool

Southampton: Saints have a lengthy injury list ahead of this game, with Virgil van Dijk, Jay Rodriguez and James Ward-Prowse all set to miss out, alongside long-term absentees such as Charlie Austin.

Arsenal: Former Saints player Theo Walcott returns to the squad, but midfielder Granit Xhaka is suspended and Mohamed Elneny is at the Africa Cup of Nations. Per Mertesacker and Mathieu Debuchy have both returned to full training from injury and could make the trip.


Southampton’s previous five:

Liverpool (a) W 1-0 (EFL Cup)
Leicester City (h) W 3-0
Norwich City (h) W 1-0 (FA Cup)
Burnley (a) L 0-1
Norwich City (a) D 2-2 (FA Cup)

Arsenal’s previous five:

Burnley (h) W 2-1
Swansea City (a) W 4-0
Preston North End (a) W 2-1 (FA Cup)
Bournemouth (a) D 3-3
Crystal Palace (h) W 2-0


Shane Long might have struggled for goals in the first half of the season, but he is a man in form right now. The striker followed up his late winner in the last round of the Emirates FA Cup, against Norwich, with a famous strike to seal the EFL Cup semi-final triumph over Liverpool. Long now has three goals in the last four weeks, and will hope to get the chance to add to his tally against Arsenal, who he netted twice against when the teams met at St Mary’s in the Premier League last term.

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Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Jay Rodriguez (5)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić, James Ward-Prowse (3)

As always, Arsenal have plenty of danger men in their ranks, but there is no doubt who is the most threatening of all. Even by his high standards, Alexis Sánchez is having a sensational campaign, having scored 17 goals and provided ten assists, to lead his team in both categories.

Top scorers: Alexis Sánchez (17), Theo Walcott (11)
Most assists: Alexis Sánchez (10), Mesut Özil (7)


All-time record:

Played: 91
Southampton: 20
Draws: 25
Arsenal: 46

Previous four meetings:

November 2016: Arsenal 0-2 Southampton (Clasie, Bertrand) (EFL Cup)
September 2016: Arsenal 2-1 Southampton (Cech og)
February 2016: Arsenal 0-0 Southampton
December 2015: Southampton 4-0 Arsenal (Martina, Long (2), Fonte)


If Southampton win, they will be the first team to knock Arsenal out of both domestic cups since Manchester United in 1982/83

This is the first meeting between the sides in the FA Cup since the 2003 final, which the Gunners won 1-0, thanks to a Robert Pires goal in Cardiff

Southampton have kept clean sheets in four of their last five games against Arsenal


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