Arsenal Draws Against Southampton, Unai Emery Sack Speculation Increasing

A home game against Southampton FC, the league’s penultimate side, you got this Arsenal FC, right? We know the Gunners are super strong at home, and hosting the team with the league’s worst goal differential, it’s a no doubter, right?

Well, actually not, and today’s 2-2 draw, in which Southampton really dropped two points in the final minute, gave the #EmeryOut crowd more material than they’ll ever need to work with. Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s seat had been warming already, but now it’s absolutely scorching as Arsenal managed just a draw against what had been arguably the league’s worst team this season.

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Arsenal vs Southampton FC Team News: Ceballos, Kolasinac, Obafemi

The Gunners may be dominating in the UEFA Europa League, but in Premier League competition they’re absolutely sputtering. Arsenal has taken just two points out of a possible 12 since an October 6 home win over AFC Bournemouth.

As for Southampton, their last win, of any sort, was the 4-0 routing of arch-rivals Portsmouth back on September 24. That’s a League One (the third tier of English football) side by the way. Saints head into this one in 19th place, and sporting the worst goal differential, -18, in the entire top flight. Arsenal, however, are eight points adrift of the top four, so they need a win pretty badly too.

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Manchester City vs Southampton FC Starting XI Predictions, Team News

Here we go, the second of this week’s Southampton FC at Manchester City double. The hosts took the first match, an EFL Cup round of 16 clash on Wednesday night, 3-1. It’s obviously a much more respectable scoreline than the 9-0 throttling at the hands of Leicester City in Saints’ last league fixture.

Southampton did the right thing in donating their wages from that day to charity, and maybe that reckoning, and realization, could be a turning point in their season? The south coast club currently resides in the relegation zone, a place they have often found themselves in during the past couple seasons, but in the end they escaped the dreaded drop.

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Southampton FC First Team to Donate Wages from 9-0 Blowout to Charity


Hats off to Southampton FC for doing the right thing. On Friday night, the Saints suffered a thrashing, 9-0 at the hands of Leicester City. It served as the largest margin of defeat by a home side in Premier League history. And it tied 1995 Manchester United’s 9-0 shellacking of Ipswich Town as the most lopsided game in Premier League history.

Thus, one could easily say that the Southampton FC players and coaches didn’t proverbially show up to work that day. It’s an understatement to say that they “had a bad day at the office.” And with that in mind, the south coast club is taking full accountability and responsibility.

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Manchester City vs Southampton FC Starting XI Predictions (EFL Cup)


Manchester City continue the defense of their League Cup title when they host Southampton FC in a round of 16 tie Tuesday night. As you might expect, the Citizens are heavily favored to win this clash and then move on to the quarter-finals.

It’s certainly a very interesting tournament right now, at least by the usual standards of interest for this thing, which is typically quite low. That’s because Wednesday’s ties feature two all-big six showdowns in Manchester United-Chelsea and Liverpool-Arsenal. It should make for a fun round of 8 as the field is guaranteed not to be dominated by big six clubs.

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Manchester City vs Southampton FC Team News: Fernandinho, Bertrand


Up next for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and his men is an EFL Cup round of 16 clash against hapless Southampton FC on Tuesday night. The Saints are coming off a Friday night thrashing, 9-0 at the hands of Leicester City which served as the largest margin of defeat by a home side in Premier League history.

The only other 9-0 scoreline ever achieved during the PL era came back in 1995 when Manchester United slaughtered Ipswich Town. The Saints have no choice but to try and flush it, and move forward quickly on to this one.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction at Southampton FC

Chelsea visits Southampton on Sunday in a renewal of a series that has been extremely lopsided lately. Saints have won only two of their last 20 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (D6, L12) and are winless in their last seven. Meanwhile the St. Mary’s Stadium has been a great place to go for Chelsea, as the west London side have won on nine of their 12 (D2, L1) that they have played there.

On Sunday, the Blues will look to win their fifth in a row in at the venue. The match comes right before another international break, a period that will see the first ever England call-up for Blues defender Fikayo Tomori.

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Chelsea at Southampton Team News: Kante, Pulisic, Rudiger, McCarthy

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Chelsea FC head to struggling Southampton on Sunday in a Premier League fixture that precedes the second international break of the season. The Blues are coming off a 2-1 victory, exactly as we predicted, over Lille in midweek Champions League competition.

Chelsea are really starting to show signs of coming together under young manager Frank Lampard’s master plans of highlighting his youth players. The plan doesn’t include £54 million 21-year-old winger Christian Pulisic however. The American who was acquired from Borussia Dortmund was left out entirely of the UCL squad, after having been benched in three of the previous four.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Southampton FC

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Having lost two of their last three and sitting seventh place in the table, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino knows it’s circle the wagons time. Spurs crashed out of the EFL Cup in midweek and their Champions League campaign got off to a suboptimal start.

With that in mind, the bookies have Pochettino as the favorite in their next Premier League manager to get sacked category. Poch says the situation is not as bad as it may seem though.

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Tottenham vs Southampton Team News: Lo Celso, Sessegnon, McCarthy, Djenepo

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Across all competitions, Tottenham Hotspur have won just twice in seven tries. Their 2019-20 resume now includes a crash out of the League Cup in their very first match of the competition, a third round loss to minnows Colchester United on Tuesday night.

Afterward Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said that criticism of his team is deserving, and it’s very hard to disagree with that statement.

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Liverpool vs Arsenal, Man United vs Chelsea Headline EFL Cup Draws


The next round of EFL Cup matches will be played the week of Oct. 28, and there are indeed a couple of ties that jump out at you in there. The round of 16 will feature plenty of lower tier sides as a few Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, crashed out of the competition’s third round.

Looking ahead to the round of 16, you have two all-big six clashes to mark on your calendars- Manchester United versus Chelsea and Liverpool vs Arsenal. Chelsea absolutely dominated their competition in the third round while United were fortunate to barely squeak by.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction at Southampton FC

Anthony Martial who has two goals in three games thus far for Manchester United this season, suffered a muscular injury in his left thigh during the home loss to Crystal Palace last weekend. The Frenchman now faces a race against time to be fit for the final Premier League clash before the first international break, Saturday at Southampton FC.

If Martial can’t go, and Alexis Sanchez finalizing his move to Inter Milan, options could be limited in attack, and thus creativity will be required by manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer for his selection in the final third.

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