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MATCH PREVIEW: Arsenal vs Southampton

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09:00 2nd February 2016

saintsfc.co.uk gives the lowdown ahead of Southampton's Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Setting the scene

Southampton will be searching for a fourth win in a row when they travel to Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal on Tuesday evening.

Ronald Koeman’s side have turned their season around with three straight victories, beating Watford and West Bromwich Albion at St Mary’s before sealing a 1-0 win against Manchester United last time out.

Those three wins have moved Saints up to eighth in the Barclays Premier League, just four points behind United.

Arsenal meanwhile sit third in the table, three points behind league leaders Leicester City, following defeat to Chelsea in their last outing.

Arsene Wenger’s side are very much in the title race, but will be hoping to avoid another evening like the one they had at St Mary’s on Boxing Day.

Koeman’s men ran out 4-0 winners on that occasion, with Shane Long scoring twice, Cuco Martina netting brilliantly and José Fonte heading home.

Team news

Ronald Koeman has confirmed Steven Davis will miss the trip to Emirates Stadium, while a decision will be made on striker Graziano Pellè. Jay Rodriguez and Florin Gardos will both be missing again.

Arsenal will be without Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck, but Alexis Sanchez is likely to feature again after recovering from injury.

Key man

Alexis Sanchez made his return from a hamstring injury in the defeat to Chelsea, while starting from the off – and scoring – in the win against Burnley in the Emirates FA Cup.

The 27 year-old, who joined from Barcelona in 2014, has made 26 appearances so far this season, scoring 13 goals.

The Chilean international scored the winner when Saints visited the Emirates last season, netting late on to seal the Gunners a 1-0 win, and also scored when Saints won 2-1 in the Capital One Cup.

Sanchez, who was injured for Arsenal’s trip to St Mary’s on Boxing Day, has scored 39 goals in his 74 appearances for the Gunners.

Stat attack

Alexis Sanchez has scored in both of Arsenal’s home games against Southampton since his arrival at Emirates Stadium.

Southampton have won just one of their last 21 trips to Arsenal (W1 D5 L15), but that win did come under Ronald Koeman.

Charlie Austin has scored in both of his two Premier League appearances against Arsenal.

Southampton have scored a league-high ten headed goals in the Premier League so far during 2015/16, while also firing in the most crosses from open play this season (436).

Did you know?

Ronald Koeman has an excellent record against Arsene Wenger. The two managers have met ten times, with the Saints boss coming out on top on four occasions and Wenger enjoying success twice. Since arriving at Saints, Koeman has won three of his four battles against the Frenchman.

Follow the action 
Tickets for the game against Arsenal have sold out.

You can follow all the action from Tuesday's game via the club’s social media channels. We’ll have live updates on Twitter, goal updates on Facebook and a liveblog running on saintsfc.co.uk .

After the game, we’ll have reaction on youtube.com/southamptonfc, as well as saintsfc.co.uk .

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