Mikel Arteta’s men will be ruing their loss to Everton on Monday night, a late screamer from Demarai Gray in the second minute of additional time meant that Everton took all three points after going 1-0 down.
The Gunners know that there were definitely some positives to take from that game, namely Martin Odegaard who has now scored in two consecutive games as he looks to live up to the £29 million price tag.
Southampton have proven to be a streaky team this year, with four draws in a row after the opening day of the season, which was then followed by back-to-back losses. Their last six outings has seen them muster up back-to-back wins, defeats and they now come into this off successive draws.
The Saints are nine points worse off compared to this stage last season and Ralph Hasenhuttl is now second favourite for the next Premier League manager to leave their post, so he knows better than anyone that there needs to be a serious change in performance on the field.
Both Teams To Score
Arsenal unsurprisingly dominate the league head-to-heads since the beginning of 2016/17, with a record of W6-D3-L1, the only loss came in 2018/19 season when Arsenal went away to St. Mary’s.
The average goals per game across these outings was a lofty 3.1, with Arsenal managing to score exactly twice per-game themselves, and both teams finding the net in seven of those 10, so there could certainly be value in that market.
While Arsenal have had an up and down season to this point, their home record is exceptional with only Spurs picking up more points on home soil than the Gunners this year.
The inverse to this is the Saints being 17th in the away table having only managed five on the road this season. With that said, the south coast side have managed to score in all but two of their away games this year, with those exceptions coming against the top two sides Liverpool and Man City.
Given that Arsenal have a good record at home and Southampton have shown that they can score against the weaker defenses in the league the best value here is BTTS.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE