Severely injured. Completely out of shape. With Europe places soon (possibly) out of reach. Arsenal are set to face major problems against Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium for the Premier League.
Arsenal looks like a sinking ship… Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal continue to go cancerous and it is only to realize that they are not even close to what they once were. They are in 10th place in the Premier League while they’ve been eliminated from the Europa League losing against Olympiakos from Greece. Here is our Southampton – Arsenal tip.
It is about big stars who do not deliver, a squad of players far from what a major club in England should look like, organizational concerns for several years now and also injury problems. Arsenal are completely losing their status in the football world.
After the break, they went on a big thrashing of Manchester City, 0-3, after David Luiz jumped in, dropped their heads completely and was expelled. Most recently, a 1-0 lead was dropped to a 1-2 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion. Now they should try to reload immediately. But expectations may not need to be raised very high.
Whether they take a European spot or not, it is difficult to clean up this sinking ship. Arsenal has a lot to look at within the club and turning it all around can take time.
In order to focus on this match and the conditions for it, the injury problem is the most disturbing. The list of absent players has been added by several; now Bernd Leno, Granit Xhaka, Calum Chambers, Cédric Soares, Pablo Marí Lucas Torreira, Gabriel Martinelli and David Luiz out. Probably also Socratis.
Only three points under Arsenal in the table we find Southampton, after which the differences between them should be seen as relatively small. It’s easy to just look at club names rather than real conditions.
Southampton have only played one match since the reboot and delivered there occasionally, winning three goals to zero in the away game against Norwich City. The second half loosened everything and even though the opposition’s efforts were anything but the best, the numbers are hard to talk away.
Here it is uncertain about the status of Shane Long while Moussa Djenepo is suspended. Something that can be compared to Arsenal’s ridiculously long absence list. A dream situation in relation to it. With the home team advantage and the opponents’ fundamental problems, it becomes easy to take the side to fifty-fifty odds.
Southampton – Arsenal tip
Arsenal have had a man sent-off in three of their previous five Premier League away games and have won only one of the last eight Premier League H2Hs against Southampton in St. Mary’s (D4, L3). The last three Premier League away goals that Arsenal scored came after the 60th minute.
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