ARSENAL host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday in a game that could have big implications at both ends of the table.
The Gunners are firmly in the race for a place in Europe next season and are currently sat in seventh, two points behind rivals Spurs in fifth who currently occupy the final European spot.
At the other end of the table, Southampton's disappointing run of four games without a win has dragged them down to 16th place, just six points clear of the drop zone.
Arsenal are touted as favourites for Saturday's clash, with Sky Bet offering odds of 4/6 for a home win. The Gunners are unbeaten in their last eight home games this season, winning seven of them.
A run of three away defeats in a row, however, has seen them drop to four points adrift of the top four, having been level on points with them only two weeks ago.
Southampton have drawn their last two games, most recently suffering a 98th minute equaliser against Brighton last weekend, and Betfair, Sky Bet and William Hill are all offering 29/10 for another draw on Saturday.
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The Saints have won just once away from home in the league all season, and Betfair and William Hill are pricing an away win this weekend at 9/2.
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has played just 30 minutes of league action all season so far, without scoring, but Betfair and Paddy Power make Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and the young English forward all joint-favourites to score the first goal at the Emirates on Saturday with odds of 7/2.
Sky Bet and William Hill are both pricing Lacazette and Nketiah to notch first slightly higher, with odds of 4/1 and 9/2 respectively.
Despite Arsenal having won only one of the last three meetings between to the two sides across all competitions, Southampton haven't managed to win away at Arsenal in a league match since 1987, 27 meetings ago.
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