It is a clash between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates on Tuesday, as both sides will look to secure all three points on the night. Manager Arsene Wenger would know that his side need to keep winning, as they look to challenge for the Premier League title this season. The Gunners were humiliated 4-0 by the Saints in the reverse fixture and will want to make an impression in front of the home fans. The north London side lost to Chelsea in their last league game, while Ronald Koeman’s side secured a narrow 1-0 win over Manchester United.
It will be an interesting game, as both sides will want to win and are missing a few players from their squad. Wenger will be missing the likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and Carl Jenkinson from his squad with injuries. Jenkinson returned to the club after a second spell on loan at their domestic rivals West Ham and is currently injured. Veteran midfielder Rosicky, came on as a substitute in the FA Cup tie against Burnley but is injured once again.
Keeping that in mind, here is how the starting eleven should probably look:
David Ospina started on goal in the game against Burnley and looked a bit shaky. The Colombian international did manage to make a few good saves and
keep his side in the game, yet did not have the same presence that Petr Cech does. The former Chelsea man should be back at goal for this one and hopefully can produce a good performance to earn his side a win this time at home.
Wenger always employs a four man defensive line and it should be the same once again. Per Mertesacker will still serve a suspension due to his direct red against Chelsea, which means that Gabriel Paulista will start at the center of the back-line along with Laurent Koscielny. Also, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin will be back in the first team once again, ahead of Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers.
In front of the defence, will start Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey in the holding midfield position. The Frenchman recently made his return to the first team after an injury and can hopefully can back to full fitness soon, as he looked a bit out of sorts in the game against the Championship side. Also, in front of them, will start the trio of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott. Sanchez had a superb last game, scoring one and assisting another goal.
Olivier Giroud was not able to really impress in the FA Cup tie at the Emirates and will want to score some goals for his side to make an impact in this one. Danny Welbeck is still out injured and with Walcott playing on the wings, the Frenchman will be used as the lone striker.