Premier League Preview: Arsenal vs. Southampton

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Southampton failed its first big test since ascending into the Top Four, losing to Manchester City 3-0 this weekend.

Now they’ll have a second big name opponent in a row and another test: How they respond to a shocking setback.

When the Saints march into the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, they’ll find an Arsenal squad that will not be caught off guard after losing to Southampton earlier this year at the same venue.

The good news for Southampton is that Arsenal has been mercurial, defeating UEFA Champions League teams one match and struggling to get past relegation-scrapping Premier League teams the next.

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What they’re saying

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers on playing his former mates  “I’m really excited. We played Southampton in the Capital One Cup a few months ago and that was a really good game for me. It will be a bit weird because I was at the club for 12 years but I relish the opportunity. I owe a lot to Southampton. They made me the player and the person I am today. We had a good age group coming through and we got educated really well in their fantastic academy. They’ve got a really good team now and I’m pleased they’re doing well.”

Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne on rebounding from City drubbing “[We have reacted] positively. We went over the game, decided what went wrong and we’ve put that game [against Manchester City] to bed. We’ve got another big game on Wednesday and we need to put in a good performance there. The games are coming thick and fast throughout the Christmas period so focus quickly turned to Arsenal. There was no time to dwell on it, we just have to move on and just pick ourselves up for the next game and try and put in a good performance there.”

Prediction

A near impossible match to forecast, as Southampton hasn’t been in this situation under Ronald Koeman and Arsenal is as unpredictable as ever. The Emirates could be the swing factor here, even with Arsenal’s fans not exactly in love with their club these days. Call it 2-2.