Best Arsenal XI vs Southampton: Aubameyang, Koscielny to Start in 3-4-2-1 formation

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Danny Ings (hamstring), Shane Long (ankle) and Cedric Soares (calf) are all back in training and have a strong chance of featuring against Arsenal on Sunday, though Jack Stephens (knee) picked up a knock on Friday and will be assessed before the visit of the Gunners.

Ryan Bertrand (back) and Michael Obafemi (hamstring) weren’t mentioned by name in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first press conference, meanwhile, and must be considered bigger doubts.

The new Saints manager’s first starting XI certainly resembled the narrow 4-2-2-2 system that he favoured in Germany and it is assumed that he will persevere with that formation despite defeat at Cardiff.

Cedric and Ings could come back into the reckoning, with Matt Targett set to continue at left-back in Bertrand’s absence.

James Ward-Prowse and Mohamed Elyounoussi are alternatives in the attacking midfield positions, with Manolo Gabbiadini and Charlie Austin options to lead the line.

Maya Yoshida and Wesley Hoedt will be pushing for a recall at centre-back, too.

Having said this here is how we expect Unai Emery to lineup his side against the Saints at the Saint Mary’s Stadium this Sunday.


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