Arsenal host Southampton in Saturday’s Premier League opening encounter at Emirates, and all the signs are pointing toward a win for Arsene Wenger’s – however it is far from certain based on the results of the previous six meetings between the clubs.
Just the one win in six for the Gunners in all competitions against Southampton, however at home Arsenal are a different proposition especially in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger’s men haven’t lost in 21 consecutive home ties and look to remain in the driving seat with the help of two new signings.
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Match: Arsenal v Southampton
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Kick Off (GMT): Sat 10th Sep 15.00
Arsenal to win: 8/13
Liverpool to win: 11/2
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(odds via William Hill)
Arsenal haven’t lost in 21 consecutive home league games against Southampton (W15 D6), last losing back in November 1987 (0-1, thanks to Danny Wallace’s goal). A bet on a Guners win should come through and is our best tip for this Saturday’s betting predictions.
The Gunners haven’t lost back-to-back home fixtures in the Premier League since August 2011.
Mesut Özil scored in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Watford, but hasn’t’ scored a league goal at the Emirates since December.
The Gunners have won just one of their last six meetings with Southampton in all competitions (D2 L3), 1-0 back in December 2014.
Santi Cazorla has been directly involved in three of Arsenal’s six league goals this campaign, scoring once and assisting twice.
Southampton also failed to win any of their opening three Premier League games last season, but they went on to secure their best Premier League finish (sixth).
Saints have scored just one goal in four Premier League visits to the Emirates, failing to score in the last three.
Southampton have kept three consecutive clean sheets against Arsenal, their best ever run against them in all competitions. Indeed, it’s as many as they’d kept against the Gunners in their previous 32 meetings (all comps).
Shane Long scored twice in Southampton’s 4-0 win over the Gunners on Boxing Day 2015, his most recent brace in the Premier League.
Claude Puel is the fourth French manager to face Arsene Wenger in the Premier League, with Gerard Houllier the only manager to beat him (Jean Tigana and Remi Garde were the other two).
(Match Facts via Eurosport)
Arsenal 2 v 0 Southampton: 7/1
Bet of the Week
Santi Cazorla’s form has seen him have a hand in three of Arsenal’s six goals so far this season and is likely to continue his domination in the Gunners midfield alongside the combative Granit Xhaka. You can back Santi to be an anytime goalscorer at 12/5.