Michael Owen Tips Arsenal to Edge Entertaining Weekend Contest With Southampton

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Arsene Wenger's men responded in the Europa League on Thursday night thanks to a 6-0 win against BATE Borisov as the Arsenal boss fielded a second string side at The Emirates. We know that Arsenal is a top team, but I feel that it will be a hard game for them too.

Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey will be the central midfield pairing while Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac will start in the wing-back slots. Therefore, Per Mertesacker will probably start in the defense with Koscielny and Monreal.

Southampton are still without defender Cedric Soares who is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

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Dwight Gayle eventually received the ball in a packed Leicester box following a corner and this time Gayle made no mistake. The in-form Gayle almost grabbed his second when firing across the face of goal, only to narrowly miss the far corner.

Even though the longtime Gunner had an impressive showing in their midweek clash, he was amongst the substitutes in Arsenal's league encounter with Southampton.

Mauricio Pellegrino meanwhile will know that a win could potentially take his side into the top half, just rewards for a change in form and attitude over the last three games.

Defeat last week has left Arsenal in fifth place in the Premier League table, with that loss their fourth league defeat of the season.

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The Gunners are next in Premier League action away to Southampton today [14:00 kickoff].

Only two Arsenal players have scored more goals in their first 15 Premier League appearances for the club than Alexandre Lacazette (8) - Alexis Sanchez (9) and Ian Wright (10).

"Our preparations have been good, it has been a good week because we felt last week we changed five or six players and a lot of them have had opportunities".

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Arsenal have already recovered as many points from losing positions this season as they managed in the entirety of last season (9) and won more matches from behind this season (3) than last season (2).

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