Saturday 28 Jan

Southampton vs Arsenal Match Preview

28 Jan 2017 Stuart S. ENGLAND: FA Cup

Southampton FC

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17:30 GMT
28 January 2017

Arsenal FC

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17:30 GMT 28 January 2017

Arsenal travel to St. Mary’s as both sides hope to get their names in the pot for the 5th round of the Emirates FA Cup. It’s one of only two all-Premier League ties, Southampton currently sit 11th while Arsenal are in 2nd with only Chelsea who have picked up more top-flight points than them this season. Saturday’s late kick-off has the potential to be a real FA Cup cracker between two very strong Premier League sides.


  • Arsenal didn’t make it easy for themselves to get through to the 4th round as they came from behind to beat EFL Championship side, Preston North End. They eventually ran out 2-1 winners but it took them until the 89th minute to finally get them through to the next round. Olivier Giroud’s late winner sunk the hearts of Preston fans and players who took the lead in the 7th minute of the game. No other team has won the FA Cup on more occasions than Arsenal, their 12 FA Cup wins only matched by Manchester United and Arsene Wenger will be hoping to win another FA Cup title.
  • Southampton managed to get past their own Championship opposition in the last round as they beat Norwich 1-0. However, after a thrilling 2-2 draw at Carrow Road, the Saints had to beat Norwich in the form of a replay. A stoppage time Shane Long winner sent them through to a 4th-round tie with Arsenal. After they made their way into the EFL Cup Final with a 2-0 aggregate victory over Liverpool, Claude Puel’s side will be hoping to add to their cup success with progress in the FA Cup.


The last meeting between the two sides was in the EFL Cup quarter-final where Southampton came out on top as 2-0 winners. In the last 5 games against the Gunners, Southampton have only lost once.

Head to head matches: Southampton FC - Arsenal FC

30.11.2016 EFL Arsenal FC Southampton FC 0:2


After 2 great victories in their last 2 games, a 3-0 win at home to champions, Leicester City, and a 1-0 ‘smash and grab’ win at Anfield in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg, they’ll be confident when Arsenal come to town. Although Puel has been known for his ‘tinkering’ of the team, he’s not expected to change too much going into this FA Cup tie. He has 5 players on the injury table and the main two losses are Charlie Austin (shoulder) and Sofiane Boufal (knee), who have both clearly been well-replaced in the last few games. Also injured are Alex McCarthy, Matt Targett and Jeremy Pied, the first two out through hamstring problems and Pied has had surgery on a knee injury in the summer.

Latest matches: Southampton FC

25.01.2017 EFL Liverpool FC Southampton FC 0:1 W
22.01.2017 Prem Southampton FC Leicester City 3:0 W
18.01.2017 FA C Southampton FC Norwich City 1:0 W
14.01.2017 Prem Burnley FC Southampton FC 1:0 L
11.01.2017 EFL Southampton FC Liverpool FC 1:0 W


After a good run of results for Arsenal recently that has seen them shoot up to second in the Premier League table, Arsene Wenger won’t want to make a lot of changes to his side. However, because of their commitments to the Premier League and Champions League, they might rest some of their key players. Arsenal have 3 players who aren’t far from a return to the squad but Saturday’s game might be a bit too early. Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Debuchy and Theo Walcott probably won’t be risked in this one. Mohamed Elneny is also unavailable due to his contribution to Egypt’s African Cup of Nations campaign.

Latest matches: Arsenal FC

22.01.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Burnley FC 2:1 W
14.01.2017 Prem Swansea City Arsenal FC 0:4 W
07.01.2017 FA C Preston North End Arsenal FC 1:2 W
03.01.2017 Prem Bournemouth AFC Arsenal FC 3:3 D
01.01.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Crystal Palace 2:0 W


There isn’t a clear winner in this FA Cup fixture and I wouldn’t be surprise to see this game go to a replay. Home advantage will benefit Southampton but Arsenal’s success in the FA Cup in recent years make them very slight favourites to get into the next round.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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