High-flying Arsenal travel to St Mary’s on Boxing day as they attempt to build on their 2-1 win over Manchester City last Monday.
The Gunners underlined their title credentials by defeating City and are now unbeaten in their last six matches after a bit of a wobble in early November.
Coming into this game, Arsenal have a decent record against Southampton with only one loss in their last 11 Premier League meetings. The Gunners are also the best away side in the league this year with 38 points picked up on their travels.
Add to that the fact that they have just one loss ever on Boxing Day and 12 wins, they will definitely be the favorites to beat a Southampton side in very poor form.
The Saints are winless in the last five league games with only two goals scored in that period which has seen them fall to 12th on the log, just six points above the relegation zone.
However, Ronald Koeman’s men are unbeaten at home against Arsenal in the last four meetings and will be looking to pick up successive league wins against the Gunners after a 2-0 win back in January.
The Gunners are still without several of their key players including Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla.
As a result, Arsene Wenger is likely to field the same starting XI that defeated Manchester City on Monday.
For Southampton, they are without Jay Rodriguez and Fraser Forster for this fixture. But Maarten Stekelenburg should be back in the starting XI after recovering from a toe problem.
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