Arsenal will be desperate to build on their last result in the Europa League against BATE Borisov as they managed to book themselves a place in the Europa League round of 16.
The Gunners need to ensure consistency from here on in if they are to stand any chance of securing a top four spot in the current campaign, as the competition for places is beginning to heat up.
Interestingly, Arsenal will welcome Southampton to the Emirates later on today in their next Premier League fixture. The Saints haven’t won in their last three league games and have failed to keep a clean sheet since the start of January, so the North London club must fancy their chances heading into this one.
With that being said, this is how Arsenal will pocket three points today…
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG FIRES
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed Arsenal’s game with Huddersfield Town but he’s since returned to action and is looking his dominant self, with the hunger and desire to build on the 18 goals he already has to his name.
Indeed, the Gabon international’s pace and power will prove to be too much for a Southampton side that have struggled to keep the opposition out in recent times, with his finishing ability being the icing on the cake.
MESUT OZIL SHINES
Mesut Ozil, who is valued at £31.5 million (by Transfermarkt), put in a very classy performance against BATE Borisov last time out in the Europa League, as he drifted into space superbly, giving himself time to get on the ball in dangerous areas.
The German has been heavily criticised in the current campaign but there’s no doubt that he can become the standout performer for the Gunners on his day, with the ability to pick a defence-splitting pass.
Therefore, the Saints will have no chance if the 30-year-old turns on the style as his link-up play with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has caused plenty of teams problems in the past, with the Gabon international’s pace helping him latch onto almost anything in behind the opposition’s defence.