Southampton v Arsenal Recent Form
The Saints have struggled in recent weeks. Southampton have won just one of their last six Premier League fixtures and have been missing goals. Arsenal have gone from strength to strength. They’re on their best run of form this season with four wins in their last five Premier League games.
Southampton v Arsenal Recent Matchups
These sides will meet three times just six weeks. The FA Cup fixture between the two clubs takes place just three days before the Premier League one. They also met in the reverse league fixture back in mid-December which finished 1-1 at the Emirates. The Gunners have a good record against Southampton in recent years with four wins and three draws in their last eight Premier League meetings.
Southampton v Arsenal Stats & Analysis
This promises to be a fascinating match. Southampton have shown their quality this season and come into this with the fourth-best home record in the Premier League. Their high-press has made them difficult to beat, especially at St. Mary’s. They’re a difficult side to score against and have kept six clean sheets in their last eight Premier League matches at home.
Arsenal have improved immensely in recent weeks and they’re benefitting from a sturdier backline. The 3-0 win over Newcastle in the Premier League took their total to five straight matches without conceding a goal in all competitions. They haven’t done that for over 11 years.
But it’s not all rosy for Mikel Arteta’s men. They’re making up lost ground after a woeful run of form in November and much of December. The issue for so long was a lack of goals. The Gunners scored an average of just 0.85 goals per game in their 14 Premier League matches before the 3-1 win over Chelsea. Everything changed after that win and the Gunners have scored an average of 2.2 per game in the five league fixtures since then.
Southampton have gone the other way. Their early-season form has dipped and that 1-1 draw with Arsenal acted as something a turning point. They took 23 points before then at a rate of 1.83 per match. They’ve managed six points since then at a rate of 1.00 per match. They’re not scoring enough goals with just one in their last five matches.
Southampton v Arsenal Bets
It’s part of the reason why Arsenal are the favourites to win this match. The Gunners are out at 7/5 to secure a fifth win in six Premier League matches and continue their good run of form against the Saints. Southampton are 9/4 to put an end to their poor run and get the victory. A draw is out at 12/5.
The Gunners have looked solid defensively in recent weeks and have become a difficult side to beat. They’ve kept four consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time in the last decade. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see them keep another one here against a goal-shy Southampton side. Arsenal are 10/3 to win this match to nil.
The Gunners tend to keep things tight in the early stages of their matches. There has been a total of just three goals in the first 20 minutes of their Premier League games this season, the lowest by some distance. Leicester City have the second-lowest figure with seven. But almost a quarter of all the goals in Arsenal’s matches this season have come between the 21st and 30th minutes. It’s 5/1 for the first goal of the match to arrive between 21-30 minutes.
In terms of goalscorers, there are plenty of options. Alexandre Lacazette is on a fine run of form and is 6/4 but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended his goal drought last weekend. He’s a tempting 6/5 anytime goalscorer while the young Bukayo Saka is at 7/2 to do the same. At the other end, star man Danny Ings is an 11/10 anytime goalscorer and the former Gunners winger Theo Walcott is 15/2 to score first.