Arsenal will travel to the St Mary’s Stadium for a mid-day kick off this Sunday, to face Southampton. The Saints, who have not had the best of starts under new boss Mauricio Pellegrino, currently sit in mid-table.
Southampton go into the game in poor form. Pellegrino’s side have won just four from their first fifthteen matches, and with another loss to the record the boss might be heavily questionned. However, the Argentine manager recently stated, “I’m scared about a lot of things, not my job.”
Wenger is not at all comfortable in his job either. Over the past few years his motives have been questioned, and if three points do not go to his side then those worries will continue.
When comparing the last six matches of the two sides, Arsenal look like they would be slightly more comfortable in the match. Southampton have only captured three points once in their last six, coming against Everton. Man City only managed a 2-1 win over The Saints, and with the leaders dominating most sides Pellegrino may feel more comfortable coming up against a struggling North London side.
Arsenal currently sit in fifth, and with many fans on Arsene’s back his side have to win this match. Although somewhat unlucky in previous games, certain individuals need to step up and play for the team. Sanchez and Xhaka have began to show signs of weakness and rather than playing for the benefit of everyone, they would much rather show off themselves. Wenger needs to have a strong tactic if he is to fend off Boufal, Redmond and Tadic.
With a recent loss to Manchester United The Gunners’ defence may feel nervous when facing in form striker Charlie Austin. With mistakes by Koscielny and Mustafi last week United scored two simple goals. This weekend Arsene Wenger needs to pick the right defenders to ensure mistakes do not happen, although Wenger thought his side “played well” versus United.
Although after this game neither boss will be sacked, questions will start to resonate in fans’ heads. Southampton deifntely want to push for a high finish, but sitting on seventeen points they are only seven away from the relegation zone. Arsenal fans wanted more too. With the arrival of Kolasinac and Lacazette, two talented players, they would have expected more of a challenge towards the top.
Teams to expect:
Southampton – Forster, Bertrand, Cedric, Van Djik, Stephens, Redmond, Lemina, Davis, Tadic, Boufal and Austin.
Arsenal – Cech, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Monreal, Mustafi, Koscielny, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez and Lacazette
How much longer will either boss have in charge if performances don’t pick up?