After two consecutive draws, Arsenal need to win Southampton in round 32 to maintain self-determination in the English Premier League.
Arsenal: Ramsdale, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, White, Xhaka, Partey, Odegaard, Martinelli, Saka, Jesus.
Southampton: Bazunu, Vojnovic, Caleta-Car, Aribo, Elyounoussi, Lavia, Diallo, Peters, Prowse, Edozie, Adams.
In the last two matches, Arsenal drew 2-2 in the same scenario: leading two goals and then being equalized by the hosts Liverpool and West Ham in the second half.
With the drop of four points, the juror Mikel Arteta was shortened by Man City to four points. They also kick more than the opponent a match.
In theory, Arsenal still holds the right to self-determination for the championship race.
In the immediate future, they need to beat Southampton today, then win points at Etihad in the match against Man City itself midweek.
The second task is difficult, but the first task is workable when they are kicked at the Emirates in front of the top opponent.
Southampton have changed to two coaches this season, but have not improved the hierarchy. Under the lead of Ruben Selles, they lost up to four of the last five matches and were snorkeling with four points away from the safety team.
Poor form will be difficult to improve, especially when having to be a guest against Arsenal – the unbeaten team that has been welcoming them for the past 36 years.
Since 1987, Arsenal won 19 and drew eight matches when he met Southampton at home. If it continues to fail, Southampton will become the first team to lose to Arsenal all day of the week in the English Premier League.
Opta Identify the possibility for this to happen up to 67.3%.
Closing completely against Arsenal when having to kick away, but Southampton have a recent head-to-head record that’s pretty good against the “Overser”.
In the last five encounters, Arsenal won only two, drew one and lost two. The matches that Arsenal did not win took place at St Mary’s.
The two sides are all accustomed to recent deficiencies due to injury.
Arsenal will continue to be absent from Takehiro Tomiyasu, Mohamed Elneny and William Saliba, while Oleksandr Zinchenko’s ability to play is left open.
Southampton also lost Juan Larios, Che Adams, Mohammed Salisu.
Historically, only four English Premier League penultimate teams have won the top team.
This tournament has never seen the top team lose to the bottom team, when kicked at home.
Southampton are thirsty to race the relegation, but they will find it difficult to improve the 93.9% relegation rate Opta Rate now.
Arsenal’s championship chance dropped to 33.1% after a previous leg miscarriage.
Certainly, Arteta’s teacher didn’t want this number to drop deeper, before they entered the “final of the season” at Etihad midweek.
While the former manager, Wenger believes Arsenal more or less have the advantage of being able to focus on the English Premier League, while Man City has to power three arenas. The army under Pep Guardiola has reached the Champions League semi-finals and will meet CLB below Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-final on April 22.
In the last 18 seasons, Arsenal There are 10 seasons ranked first more than a round, but not champions. Including two seasons they led most of the round, 2007-2008 and 2013-2014. Man Utd and Man City won the two seasons respectively, and Arsenal ranked third and fourth respectively. In addition, in the 2004-2005 and 2015-2016 seasons, Arsenal also led more than five rounds, but the end of the season was second only.
Former Arsene Wenger coach admits Arsenal are under stress from championship racing pressure, but still expects the old CLB to be crowned Premier League this season.
“The current Arsenal team has never been in a position to win the English Premier League,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS April 18. “Hopefully they will win this year and things will become easier from next year.
But now, when they have never been champions, there will be times when they are stressed out”.
Wenger made this point when asked about Arsenal’s first two-match results. In the round of 31 English Premier League last weekend, Arsenal took only 10 minutes to lead West Ham 2-0 thanks to Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard.
But they then sagged and let West Ham score two goals of Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen, fixing the score 2-2.
The same scenario and score occurred when Arsenal were Liverpool’s guest on April 9. Because of these two results, from the lead with an 8-point gap, Arsenal were narrowed by Man City to 4 points.
“When you start thinking about having to win rather than the process and style of competition, things will get tough. I used to feel that when leading Arsenal”, Wenger to add.
But the former French coach also emphasized that despite losing Man City in experience, Arsenal are having an advantage in agency. He said:
“I want to say that Arsenal will still be champions. What you want in this position is to have everything on hand. If all wins, Arsenal will be crowned. So the lead is the ideal location at the sprint stage”.
According to Wenger, the direct confrontation between Arsenal and Man City at Etihad on April 26 will determine the championship this season.
Arsenal currently leads with 74 points, four points more than Man City, but kicks more than one game and is poor in goal difference (43 compared to 50). The team that wins the remaining matches will be crowned.