Arsenal need a morale-boosting victory Thursday as Mikel Arteta leads his failed gunners to face Southampton.

Arteta’s team has lost its first two games since the Premier League season restarted: the first was an understandable 3-0 loss at Manchester City, but a 2-1 loss at Brighton has set off alarm bells.

The last thing Arteta needs is another setback on the south coast, but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints looked strong with a 3-0 win at Norwich on Friday, and they have one of the League-shaped forwards in Dann Ings against a Arsenal devastated by injuries. defending.

Date, time and place.

Southampton vs. Arsenal is scheduled for a 6pm BST start time at St Mary’s on Thursday June 25.

Team news

Where to start for Arsenal? David Luiz meets the latest two-game ban, while fellow defenders Pablo Mari (ankle), Calum Chambers (knee) and Cedric Soares (facial) are lost, though Sokratis Papastathopoulos is in shape after a strain on his thigh.

Bernd Leno and Gabriel Martinelli (both knee) are absent, as is Lucas Torreira (ankle), with Granit Xhaka (ankle) now available for selection.

Southampton striker Shane Long will be available after missing the Saints’ victory at Norwich due to a muscle complaint.

Moussa Djenepo remains suspended by Southampton after his March ejection against Newcastle.

Southampton Provisional Squad: McCarthy, Gunn, Lewis, Walker-Peters, Valery, Vestergaard, Stephens, Bednarek, Danso, Bertrand, Vokins, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Hojbjerg, Smallbone, Boufal, Redmond, Tella, Long, Ings , Adams, Obafemi.

Arsenal provisional team: Martínez, Macey, Bellerin, Sokratis, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Tierney, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Ozil, Nelson, Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah.

Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Arsenal

Head to head history and results (h2h)

Arsenal has dominated this Premier League game historically, winning 22 of 41 matches.

The Saints won seven and drew 12, although they tied 2-2 in the Emirates earlier this season.

Bets and odds:

Southampton to Win: 7/4
Arsenal to win: 9/5
Draw: 13/5
Danny Ings to score: 6/5
1-1 final score: 2/13

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