Arsenal vs Southampton: Kick-off time, how to watch on TV and online, latest team news, expected line-ups and odds All the information you need ahead of Sunday’s clash Lucas Torreira celebrates after finding the back of the net against Huddersfield (Getty Images) Simon Harrison 24 hours Saturday December 15th 2018 Most Popular Benefits dates for Christmas 2018:
The schedule in full News Man asks if second referendum would mean soldiers ‘died for nothing’ Television Mother thought son, 5, was being bullied – but his bruises were cancer People Vegan lifestyle could harm people, expert warns News Strictly 2018 final: the Joe Sugg and Ashley Roberts saga explained Television The i newsletter News for free thinkers Unai Emery has made a huge impact since arriving at Arsenal in the summer, the kind of influence that Ralph Hasenhuttl will hope to have on his Southampton side after being appointed this month with the task
of saving the Saints from Premier League relegation. Amidst an injury crisis, it is a dangerous time for the Gunners to visit a ground which is home to a team who desperately need some points to start off their clamber towards survival. Hasenhuttl has started off his tenure at St Mary’s with a 3-1 away defeat against Tottenham, which could have got further out of hand, and a narrow 1-0 loss on the road against Cardiff. During his first home fixture in charge, although he will be given a big welcome by an expectant home crowd,
the task will not be getting any easier. As it stands, the Saints are three points from safety and are at risk of being cut adrift in the relegation zone, but Arsenal have their own intentions at the other end of the Premier League table. Here is everything you need to know ahead of Sunday’s action: Match details Kick-off: 1:30pm on Sunday 16 December at St Mary’s How to watch: Live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Available to stream via the Sky Go App and Now TV Referee: Chris Kavanagh Form: Southampton LLDLL, Arsenal WWDWW Odds: Southampton 3-1, Draw 61-20, Arsenal 39-40 Team news and expected line-ups Laurent Koscielny returned to action for Arsenal midweek after a lengthy injury lay-off
(Getty Images) Southampton are expecting Cedric Soares to be back fit after a calf strain, which would see the Portugal international feature at right back. Michael Obafemi will miss out on the weekend’s action with a hamstring problem, while Ryan Bertrand is a doubt after missing a few days of training this week due to a back injury. Should the English full back not be fit, he is expected to be ready for midweek action instead. Shane Long could be facing a worst-case scenario of up to six weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury. Danny Ings is a doubt for the weekend due to a hamstring injury, and is unlikely to be ready to play a significant part against Arsenal.
Hasenhuttl only has Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini available as first-team, established striking options. Arsenal are missing both Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis due to one-match suspensions, while Rob Holding is sidelined for 6-9 months with an ACL injury. Konstantinos Mavropanos is yet to return as fully fit, while Danny Welbeck is unavailable for the long term after an ankle operation. Laurent Koscielny returned to first-team action on Thursday with 71 minutes against Qarabag in the Europa League, offering a much-needed extra central defensive option during a difficult period for Emery.
He may be needed from the off. Mesut Ozil played 83 minutes on Thursday, after spending some time on the sidelines with a supposed back problem, providing an assist for Alexandre Lacazette for the only goal of the game at the Emirates. The Germany international should be fit enough to start playing a bigger role over the Christmas period. Stephan Lichtsteiner will likely be used as a central defender, as Emery is forced to change a solid formula due to numerous absentees. Southampton expected line-up (4-3-2-1): McCarthy; Cedric, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Hojbjerg, Romeu, Lemina; Redmond, Armstrong; Austin. Arsenal expected line-up (3-4-3): Leno; Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Aubameyang, Ozil.
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