[4-3-3] Predicted Arsenal XI vs Southampton: Two Changes Made to Lineup

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Mikel Arteta’s pre-match press conference won’t take place until after the Gameweek 31, + but Arsenal have officially confirm that the injury to Bernd Leno is not as serious as previously feared, still he will miss up to 4-6 weeks of action. Which is pretty much the rest of the season.

Calum Chambers (knee), Lucas Torreira (ankle), Cedric Soares (face), Sokratis (thigh), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Granit Xhaka (ankle) are all expected to be unavailable, however, with David Luiz serving the final game of his two-match ban.

Emiliano Martinez looks set to deputise between the posts with Leno thought to be sidelined, while Kieran Tierney will be pushing for a recall at left-back following Sead Kolasinac’s run-out against Brighton.

Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi are the only two senior centre-halves available to Arteta, while Hector Bellerin started and completed both of the Gunners’ Gameweek 30+ fixtures at right-back.

The Arsenal boss does at least have more options available to him further forward, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock possibilities in the middle of the park.

Mesut Ozil made the bench at the Amex and could come into the reckoning too but the German hasn’t played a minute since the Premier League resumed last Wednesday and it remains to be seen if his fitness levels are up scratch ahead of the trip to St Mary’s.

Eddie Nketiah could very well get a recall at the expense of Alexandre Lacazette up top, while Reiss Nelson is further option in the forward positions.

Predicted lineup 4-3-3

Martinez; Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney; Ceballos, Guendouzi, Saka; Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang.

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