Arsenal travel to Southampton in a bid to revive themselves from their poor performance they have shown in the Premier League on Boxing Day in the past few seasons.
The current campaign has not been good for the Saints as compared to last season. With 21 points, they sit at 12th position in the table and will be hoping to get a first win since five games.
Things are looking rosy for the Gunners this season as their 36 points put them second, just two points behind surprise League leaders Leicester City and a win in this game will give them a fourth straight win.
Southampton vs Arsenal : League Form Comparison
Southampton are yet to grab a win in their last five League games. The Saints found it difficult to rub shoulders with the Big guns this season as they lost 6-1 to Liverpool, 3-1 to Man City and 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal have not recorded a lost in their last three domestic games, but have drawn once and lost one in their last five League games. The Gunners goal scoring per game has seen over 1.5 goal line in all competitions this season.
Southampton vs Arsenal : Head-to-Head
The last six games between these two sides have seen a just two draws and two wins for both clubs.
Arsenal have not tasted a win at Southampton’s home ground in their last five clash.
Southampton have not scored more than three goals in their previous two victories over Arsenal in their last six games.
Southampton : Team News
Florin Gardos and Jay Rodriguez will missed this game due to injury, while Fraser Forsteris back to training but will be featured till next year to ensure full fitness.
Gazzanigahas has not shown an impressive performance and it’s likely that goalkeeper Stekenlenburg could return to the post since he had been bench for the last two games.
Arsenal : Team News
Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky are all in the treatment room. Arsene Wenger is expected to field the name the same squad he used against Man City.
Southampton : Predicted Line-up
Arsenal : Predicted Line-up
The Verdict and the Prediction
The Gunners have not won a game in Southampton’s home ground in their last three Premier League visits and meeting them on Boxing Day is a crucial encounter which Arsenal must put up a solid performance to get the maximum points there.
In the last season, Southampton thump Arsenal by a 2-0 score line at home. Despite the Saints having a torrid season, confidence level at home against Arsenal is high and capitalizing on that will be key for them.
Arsenal have the needed mental toughness to win this game, the fact that they were able to beat Man City should not be a yardstick.
I won’t be surprised if they hold the Gunners strongly on the Boxing Day. But judging by the current form of both teams, my prediction for the night is Southampton 1-2 Arsenal.