Arsenal v Southampton: home/away form and the results so far



By Bulldog Drummond

Eight historic games against Southampton – the Videos

The anti-Arsenal Arsenal hardly needs an excuse to go on the attack against the club, the players and the manager.  But given an excuse they will get every knife out, and of course, the bloggettas will cut and paste and copy.

And certainly, the last four games are an excuse

Date Match Res Score Competition
20 Nov 2021 Liverpool v Arsenal L 4-0 Premier League
27 Nov 2021 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 2-0 Premier League
2 Dec 2021 Manchester United v Arsenal L 3-2 Premier League
6 Dec 2021 Everton v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League

Nine goals against and five goals for.  Not what we had hoped for and not what we need.

As a result we are not only back down to seventh we are also two points behind the Tiny Totts who have a game in hand.

The only tiddly bit of comfort is that Southampton are in a worse position of late…

Date Match Res Score Competition
20 Nov 2021 Norwich City v Southampton L 2-1 Premier League
27 Nov 2021 Liverpool v Southampton L 4-0 Premier League
1 Dec 2021 Southampton v Leicester City D 2-2 Premier League
4 Dec 2021 Southampton v Brighton and Hove D 1-1 Premier League

They have scored four goals in the last four and conceded nine – very, similar to ourselves.  And this we should remember from a club whose finances are so awful they have sold their ground and now pay rent.

But there is a moment of respite and that is in the home and away table.  This time in the home and away chart I’ll put the top three at home in because I was rather taken aback to see what was at the top.

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur home 8 6 0 2 11 8 3 18
2 Manchester City home 7 5 1 1 17 3 14 16
3 Arsenal home 7 5 1 1 12 6 6 16
17 Southampton away 7 1 2 4 6 14 -8 5

Yes the totties are top of the home league.  Who would have thought it.  Must be something in the grass.

Anyway, the home and away chart suggests that we ought to win this hands down, while the last four games list suggests we are as bad as each other.

Overall in the league, Southampton are looking down rather than up…

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
16 Southampton 15 3 7 5 14 21 -7 16
17 Watford 15 4 1 10 20 29 -9 13
18 Burnley 14 1 7 6 14 21 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 1 7 7 17 30 -13 10
20 Norwich City 15 2 4 9 8 31 -23 10

... but it will need not just a collapse by them but also an improvement by Watford for them to be seriously challenged with relegation thoughts – at least for a few weeks yet.  My view would be that three out of Watford, Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich will go down – with Newcastle perhaps escaping after spending the first of their billions next month.

But if we are struggling with goals Southampton have it even worse.  They have as you will see above won three league games this season and here they are:

Date Match Res Score Competition
16 Oct 2021 Southampton v Leeds United W 1-0 Premier League
30 Oct 2021 Watford v Southampton W 0-1 Premier League
5 Nov 2021 Southampton v Aston Villa W 1-0 Premier League

Yes all three have been 1-0 wins, and that’s it.

Now although we have not been averse to taking a 1-0 win our results are not quite this bad…

Date Match Res Score Competition
11 Sep 2021 Arsenal v Norwich City W 1-0 Premier League
18 Sep 2021 Burnley v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
26 Sep 2021 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur W 3-1 Premier League
22 Oct 2021 Arsenal v Aston Villa W 3-1 Premier League
30 Oct 2021 Leicester City v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
7 Nov 2021 Arsenal v Watford W 1-0 Premier League
27 Nov 2021 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 2-0 Premier League

One more straw to clutch in this outing – historically we’ve beaten them 52 times and they’ve beaten us 22, with 28 draws which means 51% of games against the club are Arsenal victories.

In the last 11 games we have lost twice, once in the league and once in the FA Cup.  We have won six and lost three.  Here is the recent list – and even here there are elements of doubt as we have only won one of the last three games.

Date Match Res Score Competition
28 Jan 2017 Southampton v Arsenal W 0-5 FA Cup
10 May 2017 Southampton v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
10 Dec 2017 Southampton v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
08 Apr 2018 Arsenal v Southampton W 3-2 Premier League
16 Dec 2018 Southampton v Arsenal L 3-2 Premier League
24 Feb 2019 Arsenal v Southampton W 2-0 Premier League
23 Nov 2019 Arsenal v Southampton D 2-2 Premier League
25 Jun 2020 Southampton v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
16 Dec 2020 Arsenal v Southampton D 1-1 Premier League
23 Jan 2021 Southampton v Arsenal L 1-0 FA Cup
26 Jan 2021 Southampton v Arsenal W 1-3 Premier League

More anon.