Arsenal have to recover from the darkest spell of their season since the opening institutions as they travel to Southampton on Saturday in the Premier League. Then’s the match exercise.
Southampton vs Arsenal EPL Round 33
It really is do or die home now. As much as that was the setting in the fate of the Crystal Palace defeat, now further than ever after losing at home to Brighton is that the case.
Arteta will be aiming to arrest the depression and get back to winning ways. Despite injuries hurting the team, the Gunners are on course to finish in a European place, although their ultimate end would be to play in coming season’s Titleholders League.Still, at this moment and given the coming set of institutions, the director will take a Europa League place.
- Competition: Premier League
- Round: Week 33
- Stadium: St Mary’s
- Temp: 18°C
- Referee: Peter Bankes
- Linesman: Neil Davies
- Linesman: Tim Wood
- 4th Official: Andre Marriner
Southampton striker Armando Broja will make a timely return to the team after he was ineligible to face parent club Chelsea, which should see Adam Armstrong return to the bench on Saturday.
Shane Long, Alex McCarthy and Lyanco are each in with chances of returning from their injury problems to make the team this weekend, and Hasenhuttl is sure to consider differences after last week’s embarrassment.
Oriol Romeu was hauled off after just 36 twinkles against the Blues and could now cede his place in midfield to Ibrahima Diallo, and Theo Walcott will probably start on the bench against his former club.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are formerly verified to be without Tierney for the rest of the season, while Partey also remains in the medical bay, and Tomiyasu won’t return to platoon training until after Saturday’s game.
The Granit Xhaka left- back trial didn’t work in the fewest against Brighton, so Arteta may handpick to bring Nuno Tavares back into the defence as Xhaka returns to the midfield alongside Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Alexandre Lacazette has not scored in the Premier League from open play since the home clash with Southampton in December and was also absent from training before this week for private reasons.
Expected Starting XI
Southampton predicted starting lineup: Forster; Livramento, Salisu, Bednarek, Walker-Peters; S. Armstrong, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi; Adams, Broja
Arsenal predicted starting lineup: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tavares; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette