Saints’ way another test for leaders

There are two ways to look at Arsenal’s win against Leeds last weekend: either they won because they happened to finish on the right side of football’s notoriously chaotic margins but looked like a side that has run out of form, or they won because they scored a terrific goal and are now confident and doughty enough to dig in for another fine result. Sunday’s trip to Southampton might give us a decent steer as to which is so because, though the home side have made a poor start to the season. Two decent results – a draw with West Ham followed by a derby triumph at Bournemouth – mean they’re in better heart. And should Ralph Hasenhüttl stick with his preferred 4-4-2 formation, that might cause problems for Gabriel and William Saliba, who are more used to sharing one centre-forward between two, just as Ben White and Kieran Tierney or Takehiro Tomiyasu might find it harder to defend wingers playing on their natural flank, backed up by attacking full-backs.

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