Arsenal will be licking their lips at the prospect of playing Southampton and doing so at the Emirates Stadium as a win would take them within reach of a top four finish by weekend’s end.
It must be said that Arsenal are on a good run of form having claimed three wins in four matches but a loss to Manchester United is a reality check to Unai Emery and his men.
Arsenal bounced back in their double-legged tie against BATE Borisov and might now see Europa league victory as a big alternative to get back-door entry into the Champions League.
Arsenal will fancy their chances of getting a win on home soil having done that in 12 games this season and 6 on the bounce. They would also be looking to score as many goals as possible as goal difference could prove vital at this stage in a three-legged race for third between the Gunners, London Blues and the Red devils.
Recent form (in the league): W L W W L W
The South coast side have recorded a lot of positives since the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl in December but a home loss to Cardiff has seen them slip back into relegation zone.
Prior to this setback, they have been unbeaten in their five Premier League games this year since the takeover by Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Even so, they have also remained unbeaten in their last four Premier League games including a fixture at Stamford Bridge and look the likeliest to cause an upset at the Emirates dishing out pain to tipsters and bookmakers who tip Arsenal as the favourites for the game.
Recent form (in the league): D W W D D L
Hector Bellerin (knee), Danny Welbeck (knee), Maitland-Niles (illness), Rob Holding (knee), Koscielny (muscle) are unlikely to feature for the Gunners.
Mario Lemina remain the only doubtful for the Saints
Possible Starting Line-Up
Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal; Xhaka, Torreira; Mkhirtaryan, Ramsey, Aubameyang; Lacazette.
McCarthy; Vestergaard, Stephens, Bednarek; Bertrand, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Valery; Long, Redmond.