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Arsenal plays no less than three home games in six days. After the 3-0 victory in the Europa League on Bate Borisov, Arsenal receives Sunday afternoon in the Premier League relegation Southampton.
Arsenal is in fifth place in the Premier League and can pass Manchester United in the rankings. The Red Devils play the cracker against Liverpool at the same time as Arsenal and it is up to Unai Emery’s team to take advantage of that. Like Arsenal, Chelsea also has exactly fifty points at the moment, but The Blues will not play in the Premier League this weekend. So it can be a nice weekend for Arsenal, but at least three points have to be taken if Southampton is a guest at the Emirates Stadium.
Thursday evening the Emirates Stadium also opened its doors, as Arsenal was visited by Bate Borisov. In Belarus, Arsenal lost on Thursday last week, which meant that The Gunners had something to put right during the return. Arsenal succeeded because the English top club sent the Wit-Russians home with a 3-0 defeat. Friday afternoon was drawn for the eighth finals of the Europa League and Arsenal was linked to Stade Rennais. The club from Brittany is not doing very well this season in the Ligue 1 and Arsenal, given the difference in quality, is also obliged to place itself at the expense of the French club for the quarterfinals. First Arsenal is waiting for the home games with Southampton and Bournemouth where next weekend the derby at Tottenham Hotspur is on the program.
At Southampton they know that they are virtually without a chance if they have to visit Arsenal. At the Emirates Stadium, Ralph Hasenhüttl and his men normally have little to offer. Certainly because this Southampton can not be compared to the Southampton of a few years ago. In all areas this Southampton is a lot less and The Saints have to watch out that they do not relegate to the Championship at the end of the season. For the time being Southampton is under the line and there seems to be no change in the coming weeks. That has everything to do with the Southampton program. Besides Arsenal-out, Southampton also plays an away game at Manchester United and a home match against Tottenham Hotspur in the next four matches. The only positive news for Hasenhüttl is that his team will receive a visit from competitor Fulham on Wednesday evening.
The question, however, is whether Fulham can be seen as a competitor of Southampton. After all, The Saints have already built up a big lead over both Fulham and Huddersfield Town, the two teams that keep Southampton under control. At Southampton they have to deal with Newcastle United and Cardiff City in the remainder of the competition, as those two clubs will decide with Southampton which club will be active in the Championship next season. That Southampton is under Cardiff City has everything to do with the last game of The Saints. Cardiff visited St. Mary’s Stadium two weeks ago and Southampton lost 1-2 of the PhD student. Because Cardiff City won The Saints now under the club from Wales and with that Southampton is also under the line.
Arsenal vs Southampton head to head matches
16.12.18 PL Southampton Arsenal 3 : 2
08.04.18 PL Arsenal Southampton 3 : 2
10.12.17 PL Southampton Arsenal 1 : 1
10.05.17 PL Southampton Arsenal 0 : 2
28.01.17 FAC Southampton Arsenal 0 : 5