In the build-up to the League Cup fixture against Southampton at the Emirates, we have a look back at the stats from some of the previous encounters between the two teams.
The League Cup competition is traditionally one in which Arsene Wenger tests the youth of the club, and as such, Arsenal have never won the Capital One Cup under his tenure, despite reaching the finals of the tournament twice. Southampton meanwhile have never won the trophy, but were runners-up in 1979.
Here are some other major facts and figures:
10: Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 matches against Southampton in all competitions (W6, D4) since losing 3-2 at St Mary’s in the Premier League in November 2002.
9: Arsenal have won nine of their last 11 home League Cup ties, scoring 29 times, with their only defeats coming against Manchester City in 2011-12 and Chelsea in 2013-14.
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Also, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine matches in this competition, a sequence that began with defeat to Birmingham in the 2010-11 final.
So on the balance of probability, Southampton will score but Arsenal will win eventually.
5: This is the fifth time the sides have been paired together in the League Cup. Arsenal advanced on all four previous occasions.
The Gunners’ last domestic defeat at the Emirates was their 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the fourth round of last season’s League Cup.
4: The last time Arsenal failed to advance to the fourth round of this competition was in 2002-03, when they were eliminated by Sunderland.
3: Saints have reached the fourth round of this competition in each of the last three seasons.
2: They have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three third round matches.