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Arsenal V Southampton: Confirmed Lineups, Xhaka And Sánchez On The Bench

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Stephen Ireland of Stoke City shoots a volley during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on February 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Arsenal welcome Southampton to the Emirates this afternoon as they look to build on the 3-1 win at Watford two weeks ago.

Since that afternoon, the Gunners have spent £52m on defender Shkodran Mustafi and forward Lucas Pérez, with Calum Chambers and Jack Wilshere being allowed to depart on loan for the season.

For this afternoon’s game, manager Arsene Wenger has decided to throw both players in at the deep end, coming into the side in place of Rob Holding and Alexis Sanchez. Granit Xhaka is on the bench, with Francis Coquelin starting next to Santi Cazorla in midfield.

Pérez is on the bench, while Olivier Giroud returns to the starting lineup for the first time this season, coming in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Wenger had confirmed yesterday that Aaron Ramsey would not be involved in this match or next week’s opening Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: (R) Mesut Ozil of Arsenal gesutres to the Arsenal fans during the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on August 27, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

For the away side, Claude Puel is still looking for his first win as Southampton manager, but his side’s record at Arsenal makes for grim reading – they have not won any of the last 17 occasions this fixture has taken place.

England internationals Fraser Forster and Ryan Bertrand have recovered from injury, and both start today. However, new signings Sofiane Boufal and Jérémy Pied miss out through injury.

SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 27: Jay Rodriguez of Southampton (L) celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Sunderland at St Mary's Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Recent Form:

Arsenal: L  D  W

Southampton: D  L  D

Last Season: Arsenal 0 – Southampton 0

Referee: Robert Madley

Selected Match Odds: Arsenal 8/13  Draw  3/1  Southampton 5/1

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.