Arsenal look for a comeback win against Southampton


Arsenal welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon as the Gunners look to record their first win in four league games, report agencies. 

Arsenal could welcome back Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos as the Spain international returns from a thigh injury sustained against Vitória in the Europa League. Ceballos did not feature for Spain over the international break and Emery will not look to rush the 23-year-old back to match fitness. Question marks remain over the situation of former captain Granit Xhaka following his infamous outburst against Crystal Palace. The 27-year-old featured in both games for Switzerland over the international break, but his inclusion in Emery's side remains a doubt with an exit very much a matter of 'when' and not 'if'. 

Southampton will welcome back Ryan Bertrand from suspension after the left-back was sent off for a reckless challenge on Leicester's Ayoze Perez in their 9-0 humiliation. 

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg will also be available to Hasenhüttl following his return from concussion, while striker Michael Obafemi's fitness will be assessed in the coming days. 

Both Arsenal and Southampton are in desperate need of points, the former aiming to push for Champions League qualification following a three-year absence, whilst the latter will be hoping to escape their relegation form of late.

Arsenal managed a single Premier League victory throughout October, coming in a lacklustre 1-0 win over Bournemouth at the Emirates at the start of the month. The Gunners fell to disappointing defeats against Sheffield United and Leicester and were unable to conquer Crystal Palace and Wolves, with both games ending in draws. 

Southampton haven't won a Premier League game since their 1-0 victory over ten-man Sheffield United back in September and will be aiming to put a run of seven winless league games behind them. The Saints have lost their last three on the bounce, including defeats to Manchester City, Everton, and the 9-0 drubbing against Leicester. 

Despite their poor form of late, Arsenal should claim all three points against a struggling Southampton side on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners are by no means playing well, but the firepower that Emery has at his disposal should be enough to oversee the visitors who themselves are finding goals hard to come by.