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Happy Christmas? Not if you occupy the red half of north London it isn’t, as ailing Arsenal face a devilish task on Wednesday when they host Southampton in the English Premier League.
While the visiting Saints are flying high as the angels on top of the tree, their hosts have looked like right turkeys in recent weeks. And don’t even mention the stuffing.
The Gunners have picked up a solitary point from their last five league outings, against Leeds, scoring just a single goal in that time, in defeat to Wolves.
Mikel Arteta is in serious danger of receiving a Christmas sack that has never been near Lapland, which was not what the Spaniard imagined when he traded his assistant role at Manchester City for the Emirates Stadium hotseat.
Two out, one in, on the disciplinary front for the beleaguered hosts, with Nicolas Pepe returning from his suspension but Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin starting their respective bans.
Thomas Partey is out injured while concerns remain around David Luiz, Reiss Nelson, Sead Kolasinac and Gabriel Martinelli.
Every door on the advent calendar brings something yet more joyous for Ralph Hasenhuttl and his Southampton team.
Sunday’s handsome, 3-0 home victory over Sheffield United hoisted the south coast side up to fourth in the Premier League table by the end of the weekend’s action.
The Saints even have the luxury of a fully fit squad from which to pick, as Theo Walcott returns to his old club with his even older club.
Arsenal vs Southampton: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Arsenal vs Southampton: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Arsenal Starting XI: Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney, Mohamed Elneny, Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe, Willian, Bukayo Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Probable Southampton Starting XI: Alex McCarthy, Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand, Stuart Armstrong, James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Theo Walcott, Che Adams, Danny Ings.