Jan 28, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​St Mary's Stadium
Fonte (21'), Lallana (54')
Ward-Prowse (97')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Giroud (48'), Cazorla (52')
Giroud (31')
Flamini (80')

Preview: Southampton vs. Arsenal

Preview: Southampton vs. Arsenal
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Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Premier League clash between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's.

Arsenal will attempt to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to four points when they travel to Southampton on Tuesday evening.

The Gunners currently top the division on 51 points and with nearest challengers Manchester City and Chelsea not playing until Wednesday, Arsene Wenger's side could open up a healthy gap with three points against the Saints at St Mary's.

The home side enter the match having lost just one of their last five matches in all competitions, but their league form has dipped following a strong start to the campaign. As it stands, they sit in ninth position in the table on 31 points.

Five of their eight league victories this season have come on their own patch, but they welcome an Arsenal team who have won eight of their 11 away fixtures in the league this season.

The corresponding match last season ended in a 1-1 draw, but Arsenal picked up all three points with a 2-0 win when the pair met at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the 2013-14 campaign.

The home side will be without Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez, who both suffered ankle injuries against Sunderland last time out, while summer signing Pablo Osvaldo has been suspended following a training-ground incident with club captain Jose Fonte.

Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino has no fresh concerns, however, with English trio Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert expected to fill the forward positions.

Arsenal will be without the services of Aaron Ramsey through injury, while Mikel Artera is also a doubt having just returned to training this week.

Summer signing Yaya Sanogo is injured as well, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping for a start after returning against Coventry City in the FA Cup on Friday.

Tomas Rosicky will also miss out with a broken nose alongside long-term absentee Theo Walcott, but German international Lukas Podolski is pushing for a start in attack.

Recent form

Southampton: LWWDW

Arsenal: WWWWW

Possible starting lineups

Southampton: Boruc; Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Davis, Cork; Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Wilshere, Flamini; Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski; Giroud

Sports Mole says: 1-2

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo of Southampton is faced by Steve Harper of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match on November 9, 2013
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