Beating Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates was definitely the kind of motivation Arsene Wenger and his men needed to keep the hope of a top 4 finish alive.
The North London side were very impressive against a weak United side as Jose Mourinho made eight changes from the team that edged Celta Vigo 1-0 in the first leg semi final tie of the Europa League.
Arsenal are six points behind fourth placed Manchester City with 2 outstanding games in hand, one of which is Wednesday’s tie against the Saints. The London club will need to win all 4 games including Wednesday tie with Southampton to stand a chance of participating in the elite European football next season.
Southampton held Liverpool to a barren draw on Sunday afternoon, displaying a very calm and outstanding defence line and making the Reds slip in the race to secure Champions League football next season. But the Anfield side are still very much in the race.
If Southampton replicates the kind of game they played at Anfield on Sunday, the Arsene Wenger’s men will have to be very creative to break the tactics of Claud Puel to get maximum points.
Arsenal have met Southampton on three occasions this season and the Gunners have won convincingly in two of those fixtures (Premier League 2-1, Emirates FA Cup 0-5)