Southampton vs Arsenal

1 - 1
(HT 1 - 1)

G. Ramírez 35'
Guly 41' (own goal)

Premier League Preview: Southampton - Arsenal

By Chris Teale
Dec 31, 2012 8:27:00 AM
Arsene Wenger takes his side to the south coast for its first match of 2013, with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returning to their old stomping ground.


Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Shaw
Schneiderlin, Cork, Puncheon, Do Prado
Lambert, Rodriguez


Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla
Podolski, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne is nearing a comeback from the knock he sustained on Boxing Day, although he may only make the bench for this game.

Adam Lallana remains a doubt with a knee injury, although Nigel Adkins is hopeful of welcoming the midfielder back into the side soon.

Otherwise, the Saints have no new injury or suspension worries and have a strong squad from which to choose.

For the Gunners, Per Mertesacker is close to a return but may not recover in time for this game.

Theo Walcott looks set to keep his place as a central striker, with Arsene Wenger hopeful he can tie the England man to a new contract soon.

  • In scoring three times at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke, Southampton became the first side to net more than once away to the Potters this season.
  • Only two players have appeared in every Premier League game for Saints this season: Rickie Lambert and defender Jose Fonte, the latter of which has started every game.
  • Having gained just one win in its first 10 matches this term, Southampton has lost just twice in its subsequent nine games.
  • These sides have already faced each other this season in the Premier League, with the Gunners triumphing 6-1 thanks in part to a brace from Gervinho and own goals from Nathaniel Clyne and Jos Hooiveld.
  • Arsenal’s Theo Walcott (pictured right) has scored 10 goals in his last 10 appearances in all competitions.
  • The Gunners’ 7-3 victory over Newcastle was the joint second-most goals to be scored in a Premier League match, equal with the club's 8-2 loss to Manchester United last season.
  • Arsenal has won its last four Premier League matches by a goal aggregate of 15-5.