STAT PACK: Arsenal vs Southampton

By SFC Media Tue 02 Dec First team

saintsfc.co.uk takes a look at some of the stats and history behind Southampton and Arsenal ahead of Wednesday's Barclays Premier League clash.


• Saints have not lost back-to-back games since April, when they were beaten by Manchester City and Cardiff City.

• Alexis Sanchez is Arsenal’s top goalscorer, with 13 goals in all competitions, while Saints striker Graziano Pellè has nine to his name so far this season.

• Arsene Wenger has come up against Ronald Koeman on seven occasions, winning just one match, drawing four and losing two.

• The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 19 home league games against Saints.

• Arsenal have trailed at some point in five of their six Premier League games at the Emirates this season.

• Arsenal have attempted more shots (excluding blocks) from outside the box than any other Premier League team this season (70).

• Defeat to Manchester United in their last home game ended a run of 23 home league games without defeat for the Gunners.

• Olivier Giroud has scored three goals in his last two games against Saints.


Arsenal wins: 44

Draws: 24

Saints wins: 17

• The first-ever meeting between the two sides was in an FA Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal won the game 2-1.

• In May 2003, Arsenal beat Southampton 1-0 in the FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium. Robert Pires scored the only goal.

• The Capital One Cup win earlier this season was the first time Saints had ever beaten Arsenal in a cup competition.

• Saints’ first win against Arsenal came in December 1966, when they won a Division One game 2-1 at home.

• After three straight wins between 1966 and 1968, Saints would not beat Arsenal again until 1979, a winless run that lasted 16 games.

• Saints’ last Premier League win against Arsenal was in November 2002 when two goals from James Beattie and an own goal from Kolo Toure sealed a 3-2 win.

• Southampton’s last league win away to Arsenal was in 1987, when they won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Rodney Wallace.

• Last season, Saints lost 2-0 at the Emirates as Olivier Giroud scored twice for the Gunners.

• The two sides meet again on New Year’s Day at St Mary’s, kick-off 3pm GMT.


Sept 2014: Arsenal 1-2 Southampton (Capital One Cup)

Jan 2014: Southampton 2-2 Arsenal (Premier League)

Nov 2013: Arsenal 2-0 Southampton (Premier League)

Jan 2013: Southampton 1-1 Arsenal (Premier League)

Sept 2012: Arsenal 6-1 Southampton (Premier League)


Arsenal 1-2 Southampton

Capital One Cup 3rd Round

23rd September 2014

Saints picked up their first win away to Arsenal in 27 years as they came from a goal down to win 2-1 in the Capital One Cup 3rd Round.

Alexis Sanchez put the Gunners ahead with a sublime free-kick from distance, but Saints responded well and drew level after debutant Sadio Mané was fouled in the penalty area and Dušan Tadić stepped up to score his first Saints goal.

Five minutes before half-time, former Saint Calum Chambers cleared the ball only as far as Nathaniel Clyne, who set the ball with his first touch and fired home from 25 yards to make it 2-1.

That was how it stayed, despite Arsenal pressing for an equaliser throughout the second half, as Saints progressed to round four of the competition.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin (Akpom), Chambers, Hayden, Coquelin, Diaby (Cazorla), Wilshere, Rosicky, Podolski, Campbell (Oxlade-Chamberlain), Sánchez. Unused substitutes: Gibbs, Mertesacker, Martínez, Ajayi.

Saints: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Gardos, Targett (Bertrand), Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Davis, Tadić, Mané (Long), Pellè. Unused substitutes: Davis, Cork, Mayuka, Reed, McCarthy.

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