Find a Southampton vs Arsenal live stream and check all the latest on Sunday’s Premier League clash. Premier League leaders Arsenal are looking to make it nine wins on the spin in all competitions at St. Mary’s on Sunday, facing off against a Southampton side who have given them more than a few difficulties in recent years. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side has beaten the Gunners twice in as many years on home soil and at least returned to winning ways against Bournemouth in midweek.
However, the pressure is showing little sign of abating for the Austrian, who says he is “not thinking about being sacked or my future.” It would be harsh indeed if a loss to the league leaders forced him to reconsider that stance but sacking season is very much upon us in the Premier League. Here is how you can watch the match and what you need to know:
Southampton vs Arsenal live stream and match preview, Sunday 23 October, 2 pm BST
Southampton vs Arsenal Live Stream
Mikel Arteta’s men were not in Premier League action in midweek, but they did beat PSV 1-0 in the Europa League. That was Arsenal(opens in new tab)’s eighth win on the bounce in all competitions, while they have now kept a clean sheet in four of their last five outings.
Despite missing out on the midweek round of fixtures, Arsenal remains top of the table with a four-point lead over second-placed Manchester City(opens in new tab). Their advantage will be cut to one point if Pep Guardiola’s side beat Brighton(opens in new tab) on Saturday, but the Gunners will be quietly confident of still being at the summit of the standing when the Premier League pauses for the 2022 World Cup in the middle of next month.
Southampton(opens in new tab) have eased the pressure on under-fire manager Ralph Hasenhuttl in recent days. A 1-1 draw with West Ham(opens in new tab) ended a four-match losing streak before the Saints ran out 1-0 winners over Bournemouth(opens in new tab) on Tuesday night.
The Saints are up to 14th in the table, but they are only two points above the bottom three. Given they have one of the youngest teams in the division, Southampton fans may have to accept a degree of inconsistency this term, and simply staying up would probably be considered a successful season in the circumstances.
Arsenal will have to make do without Mohamed Elneny, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Emile Smith Rowe on Sunday. Thomas Party, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Ben White, William Saliba, and Aaron Ramsdale are likely to return to the starting line-up after beginning the PSV match on the bench.
Southampton will be unable to call upon the services of Tino Livramento, Armel Bella-Kotchap, and Romeo Lavia due to injury, but Kyle Walker-Peters could be passed fit to feature. Loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles is unable to face his parent club.
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 23 | Time: 9 a.m. ET
- Location: St. Mary’s, Southampton, United Kingdom
- TV/Live stream: Peacock
- Odds: Southampton +480; Draw +320; Arsenal -182 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Southampton: Kyle Walker-Peters was ruled out alongside the likes of Valentino Livramento and Armel Bella-Kotchap whilst Ainsley Maitland-Niles is ineligible to face his parent club; Hasenhuttl faces quite the crisis of numbers in defense, not something that augurs well for a side that has allowed the sixth highest expected goals tally in the Premier League this season.
Still, this is a team that tends to deliver its best performances at home to top sides, beating Arsenal in the top flight last season and Chelsea this.
Speaking of Arsenal, the Southampton boss said: “They are possibly the best team in the league at the moment and are a super developed team with a lot of individual quality.
But we have to have a positive mindset and at St. Mary’s, we have shown we can win against teams like Arsenal and Chelsea.”
Arsenal: For Mikel Arteta’s side, the task is simple, for now at least. Win three of their next four league games — and ideally the entire quartet — and they will go into the lengthy domestic football break for the World Cup at the summit of English football.
It is a position they could never have imagined themselves in at the start of the season but as Granit Xhaka said after Thursday’s win against PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League, this is an opportunity they must grasp.
“When you are there you have to be there as long as possible in this place,” he said. “I think if we have the chance to stay there where we are at the moment and the World Cup comes, maybe it is a good break for everyone, maybe for us as well, to prepare something else for January.”
Mikel Arteta will hope to welcome Oleksandr Zinchenko back from his latest muscle issue and that the slight knock Bukayo Saka received on Thursday will not stop him from being fully involved.
Southampton vs Arsenal Prediction
Arsenal is motoring through the gears in all competitions and though the Thursday-Sunday grind is tough they ought to have enough in the tank to get the job done. Pick: Southampton 0, Arsenal 2