Our football match prediction:
Arsenal kicked off their FA Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Preston North End. Coach Arsene Wenger rested key players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez against the Championship team, but the Gunners came from behind to beat the Lilywhites at Deepdale Stadium. Arsenal are eager to regain the FA Cup trophy and seeing that they face Southampton in the fourth round of the competition, we predict that Arsene Wenger is going to field the best possible side against the Saints. The Gunners recorded four wins in previous five league games and they are likely to eliminate Southampton in the FA Cup round 4. Claude Puel’s men are tough to beat at home, but Dusan Tadic and Co. face an uphill task in Saturday’s football match against the capital club. The Saints did well to eliminate Arsenal in the League Cup earlier this season, meaning that the Gunners are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Shane Long):
Shane Long is an Irish international striker who has so far made over 60 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, scoring more than 15 goals in the process. The forward began his professional career at Cork City, but only made one league appearance for the club ahead of the switch to Reading, where he would go on to spend next seven years. During that time, Long established himself as one of the best Irish strikers plying their trade in England, and also went on to represent West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Southampton. Despite not exactly boasting an enviable goalscoring record for a centre forward, Long was always held in high regard by both managers and his peers, with his incredible work rate and never-say-die attitude winning him plenty of admirers. Long will also go down as one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the Republic of Ireland national team, which he represented at the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title. Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since. Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.