Southampton vs. Arsenal: Complete Preview, Injury Update, Projected Starting XIs

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Southampton vs. Arsenal: Complete Preview, Injury Update, Projected Starting XIs
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Theo Walcott embraces his former teammates during the reverse fixture in September.

Both Southampton and Arsenal will be desperate to get their 2013 off to a good start in this crucial Premier League fixture.

Where: St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England

When: Tuesday, Jan. 01, 12:30 p.m. ET

This match is shaping up to be a big one for both sides.

Southampton have lost just two of their last nine league games. It is a run that has brought them to within one point of safety. Arsenal, meanwhile, have recovered from a comprehensive home defeat by Swansea to win four league games on the spin.

After two creditable draws on the road at Fulham and Stoke, Southampton will now be looking to convert their home performances into points. Victory over Arsenal would be a huge bonus, but it could equally be just the sort of fillip to kick-start their season.

For Arsenal, this game goes down as a must-win. The Gunners face a very difficult January, going away to Chelsea and hosting Manchester City and Liverpool. With respect to Southampton, the London club will view this as a chance to give themselves a points cushion ahead of tougher ties.

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