Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton will be looking to bounce back as they host Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. This and more in this week’s Match Pack …
Saints vs Arsenal
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 16th April, 3pm BST
Referee: Peter Bankes.
Assistants: Neil Davies, Timothy Wood.
Fourth official: Andre Marriner.
VAR. Stuart Attwell.
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
After a disappointing result against Chelsea last time out, Saints will be hoping to deliver in front of a home crowd on Saturday.
Just one point separates 14th place Southampton and 10th place Crystal Palace, with Hasenhüttl’s men still eager to finish in the top half of the Premier League table.
It’s been a difficult run of games for Mikel Arteta’s men, who have fallen to defeats against both Brighton and Crystal Palace in April.
Europe is still very much a prospect for Arsenal, who currently sit fifth in the Premier League standings and three points off North London rivals Spurs in fourth.
Ralph Hasenhüttl confirmed Saints have a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday’s clash, meaning he will have a full squad to select from against the Gunners.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey remain absent for the visitors.
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “[Arsenal are] a young team and like all young teams, you see some ups and downs. It's important for us to cause them some issues. If we don’t it's easy for them to win.”
Mikel Arteta: To follow.
ONES TO WATCH
Armando Broja: Having to miss out against his parent club Chelsea last time out, Broja will be looking to make his presence known at St Mary’s on Saturday as he currently leads the way for Saints’ top goal-scorer.
Bukayo Saka: Bukayo Saka leads the way for both shots (72) and chances created (56) for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, a stat he will no doubt build on at St Mary's.
Armando Broja 9
Adams, Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse 8
James Ward-Prowse 7
Nathan Redmond 6
Kyle Walker-Peters 4
Saka, Smith-Rowe 10
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 7
Lacazette, Ødergaard 6
Alexandre Lacazette 8
Saka, Pépé 5
Martin Ødergaard 4
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
December 2021: Arsenal 3-0 Saints
January 2021: Saints 1-3 Arsenal (Armstrong)
January 2021: Saints 1-0 Arsenal
December 2020: Arsenal 1-1 Saints (Walcott)
June 2020: Saints 0-2 Arsenal
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