With the international break now done and dusted, Arsenal will return to Premier League action on Saturday when they take on Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have been shambolic recently, as they have failed to win in any of their last five games in all competitions, with Unai Emery facing immense pressure.
Southampton are also in a dire run of form, and Ralph Hasenhuttl is also under severe criticism.
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Granit Xhaka has been shunned out of the squad and the Swiss international is unlikely to feature for Arsenal.
Dani Ceballos had picked up a thigh injury during the draw against Vitoria SC in the Europa League. He is in the process of his recovery, and might not make it for the clash against Southampton.
Meanwhile, Emile Smith-Rowe and Reiss Nelson are recovering well after their injuries and are in contention to feature.
Predicted Arsenal Lineup vs Southampton (4-2-3-1)
Bernd Leno has undoubtedly been one of the standout performers for the north London side this season, and is set to start between the sticks as usual.
Emery’s three-man backline didn’t work out as expected against Leicester City before the international break, and he could revert back to a four-man defensive line.
David Luiz and Sokratis should start as the two centre-backs in the Arsenal lineup, while Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will be given the task of starting as the full-backs. The two like being adventurous, but at a time like this when the Gunners are defensively vulnerable, they need to be watchful.
Former German international Mesut Ozil could get the nod to start as the central attacking midfielder to inject creativity into their attacking department.
There is no denying that Ozil is a world-class player, but he has to be consistent to keep his place in the Arsenal lineup.
Lucas Torreira could sit deep in the midfield to cushion the backline of his side, with French prodigy Matteo Guendouzi expected to partner him once again.
Nicolas Pepe has been a dud more often than not ever since his move to the Emirates Stadium in the summer, and he’ll hope to muster a strong performance against a struggling Southampton defence.
While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could take up the left-wing, Alexandre Lacazette is likely to start upfront in the Arsenal lineup.