Arsenal will be looking to bounce back immediately against Southampton on Wednesday evening as they look to arrest some worrying recent form.
The Gunners were beaten in the dying seconds last time out against Brighton with Neal Maupay grabbing a late winner to condemn the north Londoners to back-to-back defeats since restarting their Premier League season.
They will come up against a much improved Southampton side, who have clawed their way to safety under Ralph Hasenhuttl despite looking relegation certainties following an embarrassing 9-0 home defeat to Leicester last year. Their form continued with a 3-0 win over Norwich last time out.
Elsewhere, Burnley welcome Watford to Turf Moor as Nigel Pearson looks to put them four points safe from relegation zone.
Sportsmail’s Oli Gamp will provide live Premier League coverage including live scores, lineups and build-up of 6pm games, with full commentary of Saints vs Gunners.
What about the job Ralph Hasenhuttlhas done for the Saints? They looked dead and buried towards the end of last year after a woeful run of results that saw them hammered 9-0 at home to Leicester.
No one gave the Austrian a hope in hell and many expected the axe to swing, but you have to give credit to the board for keeping faith and they’ve been rewarded. They’ve bounced up the table and are just three points off that magic 40 point mark. You’d imagine they’re all but safe.
Matteo Guendouzi was involved in an altercation with Brighton players following their loss at the Amex on the weekend. Sportsmail revealed Mikel Arteta is ready to offload the French midfielder after growing tired of his antics after he taunted the Seagulls over their wages.
There have been question marks over his attitude and Arteta has opted to leave him out of the squad entirely for this one.
Watford might have seen an improvement under Nigel Pearson, and who could forget a stunning 3-0 win over champions-elect Liverpool, but they remain just one point clear of safety as the relegation race heats up.
Pearson is looking to mastermind his second survival success after pulling off an unthinkable rescue with Leicester in 2014-15 when they looked doomed. Their return to action saw them come away with a point against his former club with Craig Dawson netting an unbelievable bicycle kick with just minutes remaining.
Our other 6pm kick off tonight sees Burnley host Watford as Sean Dyche comes up against the club where he began his career – which looks to be coming to a crossroads after becoming frustrated with contract talks for players.
Joe Hart, Aaron Lennon and Jeff Hendrick are all leaving on free transfers and Dyche admitted the club can be ‘restrictive’. Sportsmail reported that the boss is now eyeing up an exit from the club at the end of the season after a breakdown in his relationship with chairman Mike Garlick over failing to agree contract extensions.
Everything that could have gone wrong at Brighton, did go wrong for Arsenal. They lost goalkeeper Bernd Leno to injury after a challenge by Neal Maupay, who went on to score the winner in the dying seconds.
They had taken the lead through Nicholas Pepe’s strike before Lewis Dunk grabbed the equaliser. Just went it looked like Arsenal would leave with a point, up stepped Maupay in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
A look at the mid section of the Premier League table makes for alarming reading as far as Arsenal fans are concerned. It’s been a difficult campaign for the North Londoners and their two defeats – a 3-0 loss against Man City and the 2-1 defeat to the Seagulls, has left them in a lowly 11th position.
Incredibly Southampton, despite having a pretty rough season themselves after a battle against relegation, can go level on points with Arsenal if they can secure a win today.
Premier League games are coming thick and fast in this summer restart and we’ve got another handful of games this evening with Arsenal looking to bounce back from two defeats in a row since they resumed their season.
The Gunners travel to a much-improved Southampton side hoping for a better showing after a disappointing collapse against Brighton last time out.
Mikel Arteta’s men are sitting in mid table and their dreams of a European finish are looking slim to say the least. Kick-off is at 6pm. We’ll also have coverage of Burnley v Watford, which starts at the same time.
Source: Read Full Article