4-2-3-1: Arsenal Strongest Predicted Lineup v Southampton – Facts and Team news

Arsenal vs Southampton 
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: Saturday; September 9; 2016
Kick off: 14:00 GMT
Referee: Bobby Madley
Managers: Arsene Wenger; Claude Puel

Head to Head Stats(Last 6 matches):
EPL 02-02-2016 FT Arsenal 0 : 0 Southampton
EPL 26-12-2015 FT Southampton 4 : 0 Arsenal
EPL 01-01-2015 FT Southampton 2 : 0 Arsenal
EPL 03-12-2014 FT Arsenal 1 : 0 Southampton
EFLC 23-09-2014 FT Arsenal 1 : 2 Southampton
EPL 28-01-2014 FT Southampton 2 : 2 Arsenal

Arsenal team news:

  • Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi are in line to make their debuts after joining before the international break, although Mustafi is more likely to make his bow from the start.
  • Per Mertesacker, Gabriel, Danny Welbeck, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey all miss out through injury. Nacho Monreal picked up a knock against Watford but that should have cleared over the international break.
  • Alexis Sanchez featured for Chile in midweek and won’t return till later in the week. He could be a doubt but the Arsenal star doesn’t miss many games.

Southampton team news:

  • Sofiane Boufal joined Southampton for a club-record deal before the international break but Claude Puel doesn’t expect to have the former Lille forward for up to a month as he builds up his fitness.
  • Fraser Forster was forced to withdraw from the England squad during the international break due to an arm injury and is a doubt for Saturday. Alex McCarthy will deputise, as he did in the England squad, if Forster cannot recover in time.
  • Jeremey Pied has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, with Florin Gardos also injured.

Arsenal predicted starting line-up: Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Granit Xhaka, Santi Cazorla; Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Lucas Perezarsform-08-1473332019

Southampton predicted starting line-up Fraser Forster, Cedric, Jose Fonte, Virgil van Djik, Matt Targett, Oriol Romeu, Steve Davis, Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg, Dusan Tadic, Charlie Austin, Shane Longsotonform-08-1473332330

Match facts (via Opta):


  • If Arsenal lose they will equal their lowest points tally after four matches of a Premier League season: four in 1994-95 and 2011-12.
  • The Gunners haven’t lost back-to-back Premier League home games since 2011 (against Aston Villa in May and Liverpool in August).
  • Mesut Ozil has not scored a league goal at the Emirates since in a 2-0 win against Bournemouth on 28 December.
  • Shkodran Mustafi made more clearances (160) and interceptions (133) than any other Valencia player in La Liga last season.


  • Saints have not keep a clean sheet in their last 15 games, all of which were in the top flight.
  • Southampton also failed to win any of their opening three Premier League games last season but they went on to finish sixth.
  • They scored a joint league-high 15 headed goals in the 2015-16 season, level with West Ham.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Southampton

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