Southampton v Arsenal Betting Tips
The 55,000 or so Arsenal fans who were at the Emirates for last weekend’s defeat against Manchester United left the ground in a strange mood.
"I am absolutely angry. When you see the potential we have and in the end the way we started at the back is very difficult to swallow"https://t.co/zAj0okjNgG— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 3, 2017
Yes, they were disappointed to lose the game to Jose Mourinho’s men but there was also a sense of pride in the performance. It’s almost as if the Gunners’ faithful were accepting of a defeat in the circumstances.
Arsenal were more than a match for United in a genuine Premier League classic. How they managed to find a way past the inspired David De Gea nobody will ever know but the damage was done in the first 11 minutes when defensive mistakes all but gifted Man Utd two goals.
The job for Arsene Wenger now is to take the positives from last weekend’s match into Sunday’s encounter with Southampton at St Mary’s.
Arsenal to Bounce Back and End the Week on a High
The Saints are on a run of just one win in six and the pressure continues to build on Mauricio Pellegrino’s shoulders. He has had his fair share of bad luck in terms of injuries, missed chances and individual errors but it’s a manager’s job to take ultimate responsibility for results.
17 points from 15 games is below par for a club with European ambition.
The main problem for the Saints is a lack of goals. They average one goal a game but have drawn a blank in 50% of their home matches so far.
If they fail to score at St Mary’s on Sunday there is next to no chance they’ll escape with a point. Arsenal are some way off the pace set by Man City at the top of the goalscoring charts but 29 goals from 15 matches is a sporty enough return.
Wenger has several options he can call upon to hurt Southampton. Moreover, the Gunners scored seven unanswered goals in two games at St Mary’s last season.
Sunday’s game won’t end 5-0 but we think Arsenal are on course for another win on the South Coast so recommend backing them at 10/11 with Ladbrokes.
Can Arsenal Learn the Lessons of Last Weekend?
Jose Mourinho clearly told his Man Utd players to press Arsenal high up the pitch last weekend. The tactic worked in the early stages when Arsenal defenders were caught out making poor decisions but surely Wenger and his team will have learnt their lesson.
Arsenal have quality ball players across the pitch and simply being switched on and moving the ball quickly will stop the effectiveness of the opposition’s high press.
We expect to be much more switched on against Southampton and to cut out the mistakes that have already cost them so dearly on the road.
Keep the mistakes at bay and use the ball intelligently and Arsenal could escape with a rare clean sheet on their travels at 7/4 with Bet365.
If Arsenal are able to keep things tight at the back and dominate possession there’s every chance the Southampton players will become frustrated. That could see a bet on the Saints being shown four or more cards come in at 11/2 with William Hill.
Özil to Impress His Suitors Again
There is no secret about Mesut Özil’s future. The German international has turned down the chance to sign a new contract at Arsenal and he will be free to discuss his future with other clubs in January.
Wenger must be more than a little frustrated with the recent improvement in Özil’s performances as he seeks to impress watching scouts from other clubs but he’ll be content to make the most of it while he can.
Özil is playing as well as he has for a very long time and can grab his third league goal of the season at 19/5 with 888Sport.
Top Betting Offers
Arsenal to win at 10/11 with Ladbrokes
Arsenal to keep a clean sheet at 7/4 with Bet365
Southampton to be shown four or more cards at 11/2 with William Hill
Mesut Özil to score at 19/5 with 888Sport