Saints’ poor recent home form means the Gunners take all three points from their game in hand.
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Southampton’s season is stuttering to a close as they’re winless in four, though in mitigation three of these were against Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool. However, they’ve only achieved the single victory in their last six at home across all competitions, with one of these a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal themselves in the FA Cup. Indeed, those recent points aside they’ve struggled against top-six sides this season, with their draw against Liverpool only achieved via a rare missed penalty from James Milner, and that was only their third point from 10 league matches against top-six opposition.
Arsenal recovered from their 2-0 defeat in the North London derby with a victory by the same score at the weekend over Man Utd, giving them a faint hope of finishing in the top four. They’ve actually lost five of their last six on their travels, though three of these were against the top three, and with their recent improvement that has seen them win three of their last four at all venues, Wenger will fancy his side’s chances here.
The switch to a back three has seen Arsenal look more secure defensively, yielding two clean sheets in their last three against Leicester and Man Utd. We think they can continue that trend here, with Manolo Gabbiadini not displaying the same form since coming back from injury. Indeed, the Saints have failed to score in three of their last four at St. Mary’s, including a goalless stalemate with Hull in their last home game. We’re backing Arsenal to win to nil at 4.1.
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