Match Preview: Southampton vs Arsenal

By SFC Media Tue 09 May Saints vs Arsenal

Get all you need to know ahead of Wednesday's Premier League meeting, as Saints welcome Arsenal to St Mary's.

THE MATCH

Southampton vs Arsenal
Wednesday 10th May, 7.45pm BST
St Mary’s
Premier League

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Claude Puel’s men will be buoyed by a resilient display in their 0-0 with Liverpool at Anfield at the weekend, as they look to finish the season strongly.

Visitors Arsenal meanwhile, will be looking to follow up their 2-0 success over Manchester United as they look to avoid missing out on a Champions League spot for the first time in two decades.

TEAM NEWS

Southampton: Manager Claude Puel has no fresh injury concerns following the draw at Liverpool but will assess the players in terms of potential fatigue.

The boss also discussed the returns of Charlie Austin and Matt Targett following their minutes for the Under-23s and has hinted they could return before the close of the campaign.

Charlie Austin in action against Manchester City Under-23s

Arsenal: Arsene Wenger will make a late check on the fitness of Laurent Koscielny, but Granit Xhaka should be ok following his withdrawal against Manchester United.

Elsewhere, Lucas Perez is fit and has returned to training and Danny Welbeck did not suffer any injury in the last fixture.

FORM GUIDE

Southampton’s previous five:

Liverpool (a) D 0-0
Hull City (h) D 0-0
Chelsea (a) L 4-2
Manchester City (h) L 0-3
West Brom (a) W 0-1

Arsenal’s previous five:

Manchester United (h) W 2-0
Tottenham Hotspur (a) L 2-1
Leicester City (h) W 1-0
Manchester City (n) W 2-1 (Emirates FA Cup)
Middlesbrough (a) W 2-1
Austin delighted to be back from injury

TOP PERFORMERS

Fraser Forster produced an outstanding display to shut Liverpool out for the fourth time this season.

Fraser Forster
Goalkeeper stats
Clean sheets
13
Saves
70
Shots saved
61%
Saves per game
2
Mins per goal conceded
69
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The England international denied his former Newcastle United colleague James Milner from the penalty spot as well as making eight saves. He is likely to be key once more if Saints are to get a positive result against the Gunners.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Nathan Redmond (7)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić (6), James Ward-Prowse (5)

Former Saint Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provided two assists against Manchester United to take his tally to seven for the season – as many as he had in the previous five campaigns.

One of those assists was for Danny Welbeck, who Puel’s men will be more than aware of after his FA Cup double at St Mary’s earlier on in the season.

Top scorers: Alexis Sanchez (24), Theo Walcott (19), Olivier Giroud (13)
Most assists: Alexis Sanchez (14), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (11), Mesut Özil (10)

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

All-time record:

Played: 92
Southampton: 20
Draws: 25
Arsenal: 47

Previous four meetings:

January 2017: Southampton 0-5 Arsenal
November 2016: Arsenal 0-2 Southampton (Clasie, Bertrand)
September 2016: Arsenal 2-1 Southampton (Cech OG)
February 2016: Arsenal 0-0 Southampton

DID YOU KNOW?

- Arsene Wenger’s side have lost five of their last six away Premier League games – the same number they’d lost in their previous 27 on the road in the competition.

– Arsenal are winless in their five previous away visits to St Mary’s in the Premier League, last winning there in December 2003 (D3 L2).

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