Date: 26th December 2015 at 11:00am
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Arsenal travel to St Mary’s to take on Southampton knowing a victory could take them top of the Premier League, depending on Leicester’s result.

After Monday’s vital 2-1 win over fellow title rivals Manchester City, the Gunners are now favourites to lift the trophy they last captured in 2004.

And if the Foxes drop points at Anfield, Arsene Wenger’s side will go to the summit if they record a fourth triumph on the spin on the South Coast,

The French boss will be confident heading into this encounter due to his side’s excellent form on the road. The North London outfit have won six of their nine trips this term and have racked up 12 away league victories in 2016 – more than any other top flight team.

Their Hampshire hosts are going through a difficult patch at the moment after failing to win in five matches.

A 2-0 defeat at home to Tottenham last time out condemened them to a fourth defeat in five games, in which they’ve found then net just three times and conceded eight.

Recent results have seen Ronald Koeman’s men slide to 12th, six points clear of the bottom-three and eight off fifth-placed Manchester United.

The Dutchman won’t be too optimistic heading into this encounter either after seeing his side win just three of their nine matches at St Mary’s this term.

Arsenal have only lost five of 32 Premier League meetings between the two, but were defeated in last season’s corresponding fixture 2-0 on New Year’s Day.

Team News:

Saints goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is expected to return after missing the last two games through injury.

Mikel Arteta could return to the Arsenal squad, but Francis Coquelin, Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky remain sidelined.

League Position: Arsenal – 2nd (36 pts); Southampton – 12th (21 pts)
Last Meeting: Southampton 2-0 Arsenal – January 1, 2015
Key Players: Southampton – Sadio Mane; Arsenal – Mesut Ozil
League Form: Southampton – WLLDLL; Arsenal – DLDWWW
Shoot Says: Southampton 0-2 Arsenal

 
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