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A woeful weekend for Arsenal saw them lose out to a struggling Burnley outfit to give them their worst start to a top-flight season since 1974-75. Once again, Mikel Arteta was let down by his sides ill-discipline, with Granit Xhaka being dismissed with the scores all-square in the second half.
It only took Burley 15 minutes following his marching orders to take the lead, and the pressure now grows even more on the North London club.
Southampton are flying high at the minute in fourth place after beating Sheffield Utd by a comfortable three-goal margin.
They’ve gone a respectable W7-D2-L1 from their last 10 outings since late September, with that sole defeat coming at home against Man Utd having been 2-0 up heading into the final half an hour.
Seven defeats from Arteta’s last 10 matches is disastrous for a club of Arsenal’s stature, and perhaps the most worrying figure is the fact they’ve failed to score from open play now for 12 hours and 32 minutes of top-flight football.
However, prior the red card at the weekend you got the feeling the Gunners could have gone on to score at least once or twice, and with 65% of the possession and three times as many shots on target than their opponents, you feel a goal is on the horizon.
However, we’re still struggling to see why the Saints are shorter in the outright market. The hosts have lost each of their last four at Emirates Stadium for the first time in 61 years, and they’ll also be without both suspended players Xhaka and Hector Bellerin.
Thomas Partey continues to be in the treatment room as well, and you can’t help but feel the wave of momentum their visitors are currently on will be too good for a lacklustre Arsenal outfit.
Southampton Double Chance
Only Liverpool and Man City picked up more points on the road last season than the Saints, while three wins from their last five unbeaten trips show they still have what it takes on the road to get a result.
Moreover, when these two sides met here in this exact fixture last term, Arsenal had to rely on an Alexander Lacazette 96th minute equaliser and so they certainly know what it takes to go ahead of the Gunners.
Danny Ings also got on the scoreboard in their last meeting here, and the English international has been in some excellent form when he’s been out on the field this season.
He has contributed to a goal in all but two of his nine league games so far this term, scoring in each of the last four trips to opposition, and he looks well poised to add to his goals tally.