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(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - Southampton's tough start to life in the Premier League continues on Saturday when they face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Saints have lost to Manchester City and Manchester United already this season, which along with a 2-0 defeat to Wigan has left them at the foot of the table without a point to their name.

However, Saturday's opposing manager has been impressed with what he has seen - despite the lack of positive results.

"They were impressive in the two games I've seen," said Arsene Wenger. "The one against Man City and the one against Man United. In the end you wondered how they lost both games, so we are on alert because we know it is a team who plays with a positive attitude and can score goals."

The Arsenal manager has been the centre of speculation over a contract extension during the recent international break, but told reporters ahead of the game against Southampton that he will not allow himself to be distracted by the issue.

"At the moment I am not in the mood to think about the long-term future. We want to do well this season, that's all. I am an Arsenal man. I think I have always shown that. I have to consider if I do well or not. If I don't do well, I have to consider my future. I have been at the club long enough to have confidence in the people I work with, but I will assess my own performances and then make a decision, at the moment we are not there.

"Two years is a long time in my job. I just want to do well for the club as long as I can and accept all the rest. I have to consider that at my age, you always have to assess if you have the fitness, the desire, the commitment that this job demands. Then of course you have to make your decisions. I hope I will be lucid enough and intelligent enough to assess my performance well."

Southampton have doubts over Jack Cork (ankle) and Steve De Ridder (knock). Arsenal have concerns over Abou Diaby (knock) and Theo Walcott (illness), while Tomas Rosicky (calf), Bacary Sagna (broken leg) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) remain out.

Southampton have failed to win any of their last 18 visits to Arsenal, losing 13. However, the Gunners are without a win in four at home in the Premier League - their longest run without three points on their own patch since 1995. Only QPR have conceded more goals than Southampton's eight in the first three games of the season.

Updated September 13, 2012

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