Date: 16th December 2018 at 11:17am
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Southampton welcome Arsenal to the St. Mary’s Stadium this afternoon for ’s home debut as Saints boss.

The former RB Leipzig manager succeeded the outgoing Mark Hughes as Southampton’s new boss earlier in the month but fell short against Cardiff last weekend on his debut, and the Austrian will want to pick up points quickly to get the Saints back on track as they currently lie in 19th position in the Premier League table.

On the other hand, Arsenal have been in impressive form in all competitions under Unai Emery and they have their own ambitions – acquiring a top four finish.

The Gunners could occupy fourth place with a win or draw depending on ’s result against Brighton and also increase the gap between them and who are in sixth place.

Emery will be short of options at the back for today’s game with and Sokratis both suspended, while Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos are out injured. Mesut Ozil and available for selection, but Danny Welbeck will not feature for the remainder of the season due to injury.

Laurent is set to start his first Premier League game since May after playing almost 70 minutes against Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday night.

So, here is the Arsenal predicted starting XI:


Lichtsteiner         Koscielny          Monreal

Bellerin                                                                  Kolasinac

Torreira          Xhaka



Bernd Leno is likely to continue in goal with Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac resuming their roles as wing-backs.

Due to shortage of options at the back, Emery will have to play Stephan Lichtsteiner in the back three, along with Koscielny and Nacho Monreal on the other side of the club captain.

Lucas Torreira has become the first name on the team sheet with his performances this season and I think Granit Xhaka will play alongside him having not featured in the Europa League on Thursday.

Ozil did play well on Thursday against Qarabag, but I think Emery will bench him in favour of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. should play on the other side while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will continue to lead the attack for the Gunners.