Southampton vs Arsenal Preview

Southampton look to cause an upset in the FA Cup fourth round as they welcome holders Arsenal to St Mary’s on Saturday.

The Saints confirmed their spot in the fourth round on Tuesday evening when they beat Shrewsbury Town in a game that was rearranged due to coronavirus concerns for the League one club.

Goals from Daniel N’Lundulu and James Ward-Prowse sealed the win for Hasenhüttl’s side, who come into this game looking to respond from their 2-0 defeat against the Foxes in the Premier League but look to continue their unbeaten run of two home games including a 1-0 win over the Champions.

Holders Arsenal needed extra time to beat Newcastle United at the Emirates. Goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed the victory.

Mikel Arteta’s side looked to extend their unbeaten run of 6 games in the Premier League following their 3-0 win over the Magpies on Monday evening, moving them up into the top half of the table.

Arsenal have won the FA Cup 14 times, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley last season. The last time Southampton won the FA Cup was in 1976, Bobby strokes sealed the victory for the South Coast side when they beat Manchester United 1-0.

Ralph  Hasenhüttl rested most of his senior players and went with a mix of youth and experience against the Shrews, with a number of second-team players starting. It is more likely that he will revert back to his first-team players with the likes of Walcott and Ings against Arsenal.

The two teams met last season in the FA Cup with Arsenal coming out on top and faced each other in the Premier League this season at the Emirates but couldn’t be separated.

Predictions

This is a competition Southampton will want to go far in whilst Arsenal are wanting to win it on back-to-back occasions. It’ll be a very tight game with many chances. It’s not going to be easy for any of the sides but I think Arsenal will just edge it in the 90 minutes. The quality that they can bring from the bench I can see the Gunners snatching it late, especially with Arsenal’s recent form in the FA Cup, they seem to always turn up.

Southampton 1-2 Arsenal

Team news

Arsenal have no new injury concerns from their last game. Willian, Pepe, Martinelli and Elneny all could make the starting XI. Aubameyang is fit despite heading down the tunnel with stomach problems again Newcastle

Mikel Arteta will still be without Dani Cabellos and Pablo Mari through injury, however, the rest of the first-team squad is fit and available.

Southampton look set to be boosted by the return of Danny Ings who served his isolation period following a positive COVID test. The striker is fit and an option for the weekend.

Che Adams and Start Armstrong could feature for the home side having being rested against Shrewsbury.

Jannik Vestergaard, Nathan Redmond, Orio Romeu, Nathan Tella, Moussa Djenep and Michael Obafemi all out injured.

Who will progress to the fifth round and face either Chorley or Wolverhampton Wanderers?