Arsenal need to bounce back from two straight defeats since the restart when they travel to Southampton tonight.
The Gunners were hammered by Manchester City on the opening day of the Premier League’s comeback and then lost to Brighton at the weekend despite taking the lead.
They take on a Saints side this evening who are in good form following their handsome win at Norwich last Friday.
Another victory for Southampton will take them to the all-important 40 point mark while Arsenal simply must win to keep their dwindling hopes of Europe alive.
Southampton vs Arsenal: Date and kick-off time
The Premier League tie will be held at St Mary’s on Thursday, June 25 and will kick-off at 6pm.
Arsenal came from behind twice to claim a 2-2 draw with the Saints back in November.
This fixtures finished in a thrilling 3-2 victory to Southampton last season after Charlie Austin’s late winner.
Southampton vs Arsenal: TV channel and live stream
The game is being broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football from 5:30pm.
Burnley vs Watford is being shown on Sky Sports Premier League from the same time.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £8.99.
Southampton vs Arsenal: Team news
Southampton forward Shane Long is back on the bench for the visit of Arsenal.
The 33-year-old, who recently signed a contract extension, missed Saints’ winning return to action at Norwich through a muscle complaint.
Moussa Djenepo remains suspended following his March sending off against Newcastle.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are without a host of first-team regulars.
David Luiz serves the last of a two-game ban while fellow defenders Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares miss out.
Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Lucas Torreira are also out but Granit Xhaka does return to the starting side.
Southampton: McCarthy, Valery, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Armstrong, Ings, Obafemi.
Subs: Vestergaard, Long, Adams, Romeu, Walker-Peters, Smallbone, Gunn, Vokins, Tella.
Arsenal: Martinez, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang.
Subs: Papastathopoulos, Lacazette, Ozil, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Willock, Kolasinac, Macey, Smith.
Referee: Graham Scott
Southampton smashed Norwich last Friday
Southampton vs Arsenal: Match stats
- Southampton have won three of their last five Premier League home games against Arsenal (D1 L1), more than they had in their previous 12 against them at the Dell/St Mary’s (W2 D5 L5).
- Arsenal have lost just one of their last eight Premier League meetings with Southampton (W4 D3), though it was in this exact fixture last season in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s first home game in charge of Saints.
- Only against Manchester United (82) have Southampton conceded more Premier League goals than they have versus Arsenal (76).
- This is Arsenal’s third Premier League match played on Thursday this season, all of them against clubs from the south coast. The Gunners lost at home to Brighton in December, before drawing at Bournemouth later that month in Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge.
- Southampton have lost more Premier League home games than any other side in 2019-20 (9). Only in 1993-94 (10) have they lost more at home in a single Premier League campaign.
- Southampton are yet to draw a Premier League game in 2020, with Saints winning five and losing five of their 10 matches. Southampton have kept a clean sheet in four of those five victories, while they’ve conceded at least twice in four of the five defeats.
- Having been on an 11-game unbeaten run away from home in all competitions since the start of December, Arsenal have lost each of their last two on the road.
- Arsenal have lost 10 points from winning positions in their 12 Premier League games under Mikel Arteta – as many as they’d lost in their previous 36 combined under Fredrik Ljungberg and Unai Emery.
- Southampton’s leading goalscorer this season Danny Ings has scored three goals in his last two Premier League appearances against Arsenal. The striker has only found the net more often against Aston Villa and Everton (4 each) in the competition.
- Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 49 Premier League goals, and a goal here will see him become the sixth fastest player to reach 50 in the competition (78 games). However, he’s failed to score in any of his last three appearances, with his goalless run standing at 314 minutes (10 shots attempted).