Hasenhuttl urges Saints to be ‘brave’

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Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says he wants his Southampton side to be a 'nasty opponent for every team' in the Premier League this season.

Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton must produce a "brave" performance if they are to get anything from Saturday's away clash with Arsenal.

Southampton will head to the Emirates Stadium sitting second bottom of the Premier League standings and five points adrift of safety after picking up just one point from their last seven matches – a run that appears to have left Hasenhuttl’s job hanging by a thread.

Last month’s 9-0 home defeat to Leicester was the most damaging defeat of their current poor run, although the Saints have performed much better on the road this season, recording impressive wins at Brighton and Sheffield United.

Saturday’s opponents Arsenal have also been out of form of late, failing to win any of their last five games across all competitions, although they are unbeaten on their own patch this term and Hasenhuttl knows Southampton will be up against it on Saturday.

“Against big opponents you have nothing to lose. If you go into a game, be brave and believe in yourselves then you have a big chance to get something,” Hasenhuttl told reporters.

“Arsenal have been struggling recently but at home they’re strong. We must start better than last time there.”

Hasenhuttl believes what Southampton do off the ball will be particularly key to their chances this weekend and it is something he has been working on with his players over the international break.

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“We have to have a good trigger after we lose the ball, we have to win it back immediately,” the Austrian added. “This is something we’ve been working on in the last two weeks.”

Southampton have not won away at Arsenal in the league since November 1987, although they have twice claimed the spoils at the Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup over recent years, most recently a 2-0 success in 2016.

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