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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was full of praise for Southampton as the Gunners prepare to host Ralph Hasenhuttl's side on Saturday.

The hosts disappointingly collapsed against Everton to lose 2-1, leaving them four points off West Ham in the final Champions League spot.

Arteta is expecting another tough task against the Saints as he fired out a warning to his players ahead of the clash at the Emirates.

"They are a really dynamic, progressive, forward-thinking team. A very dangerous team," Arteta said.

"After losing against Liverpool we reacted really well against Newcastle. I think we deserved more against (Manchester) United and against Everton we punished ourselves. I didn't think we had a game to lose either.

"Every time you lose a football match in this club it's what happens. I think it should happen because we're here to win every match. It's painful and even more painful for me because of the way we lost those games.

"Across the two matches I think we deserved much more than two defeats. It happened so we have to manage that reality."

Southampton sit just six points above the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion and Hasenhuttl was also extremely complimentary of Arteta's side.

"Their last two defeats are against good sides, Everton and Man United," he said.

"They have a very good side and have found their shape and their team I think it took a while but it seems they are settled. This is a tough challenge for us, at home they are strong.

"We need to have a good performance and have shown this against the top teams this season also so we can go there with self-confidence."

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·Southampton have never won in 22 Premier League away games against Arsenal (D7 L15) - it's the most one side has faced another on the road without ever winning in the competition's history.

·In their top-flight history, only against Fulham (27 since 1949) and Manchester City (27 between 1976 and 2012) have Arsenal had a longer unbeaten home run than their current run of 26 against Southampton.

·Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 27 Premier League home games kicking off at 3 p.m. on Saturday (W22 D5) since a 3-1 loss against Aston Villa on the opening day of the 2013-14 campaign.

·Arsenal have won their last three home Premier League matches, last winning four in a row between July and October 2020. They've won their last two at home without conceding, last winning three in a row without reply at the Emirates in October 2017.

·Southampton have lost 14 away Premier League matches in 2021, their most away league defeats in a single year since 2004, when they lost 15.

Updated December 10, 2021

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