Premier League: Southampton vs Arsenal match preview

A look ahead to this week's Premier League fixture at St Mary’s

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With both teams in Champions League qualifying contention and on 33 points but separated by a goal difference of six in Southampton’s favour, the home side will be hoping to continue the heights that they set themselves in the first half of the campaign and carry it into the second half of the season.

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The Saints have been in decent form picking up seven points from their last four league games with wins great wins against Everton and Crystal Palace both by the 3-0 scoreline.

Similarly, Arsenal  have been in good form claiming 11 points from their last four premier league fixtures scoring six goals in the process but Arsene Wenger will be disappointed with how easily his side have been conceding goals.  

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PAST THREE MEETINGS...

Arsenal 1 (Sanchez) Southampton 0, Premier League, December 2014

Arsenal 1 (Sanchez) Southampton 2 (Tasic, Clyne), Capital One Cup, September 2014

Southampton 2 (Fonte, Lallana) Arsenal 2 (Giroud, Carzola), Premier League, January 2014

STATS…

Five is the number of goals that both sides have conceded in their previous five games in all competitions.

Arsenal have conceded eight more goals than The Saints in the league this season (23).

Zero is the amount of victories that the Saints have managed against The Gunners in their last ten meetings.

There have been 21 draws in this league fixture which has been played 71 times.

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