Tonight Arsenal go looking for their 1st post-Covid19 win at the 3rd attempt.
Manchester City away was always a tough place to start and Arsenal lost 3-0 in predictable fashion.
The match against Brighton was equally a predictable performance, as Arsenal switched off and lost 2-1 despite dominating.
Brighton have quietly become Arsenal’s bogey team. The defeat on Saturday was the 5th game without a win, and also meant the South-Coast side have done the double this season.
For the Act III: The Return of Arsenal, it is a 3rd away game in a row and a trip back down to the South-Coast.
We should be hopeful of taking all 3 points.
It feels like we have had a poor record against Southampton in recent years, but the last 10 games reads:
P 10 W 5 D 3 L 2.
The team have had a good break since the defeat to Brighton, playing Saturday then Thursday. However with European football looking a struggle you have to wonder if Mikel Arteta might have one eye on Sunday’s FA Cup game against Sheffield United.
Arsenal are facing an injury crisis going into the game, with Berd Leno, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chamber all rules out for the season.
Sokratis and Granit Xhaka both returned to full training this week, although it remains to be seen if they are ready to go tonight.
Lucas Torreira and Cedric Soares are both a week away from full fitness.
2 defeats on the spin has seen Arsenal drop into the bottom half of the table.
A win tonight would take us back up to 9th, and just 2 points off Tottenham in 7th.
Depending on what happens in the FA Cup and with Manchester City’s impending European ban, 8th might be enough for the Europa League this season, so let’s not be writing it off yet.
A win tonight will change the mood.