Arsenal manager Unai Emery takes his side to the St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon looking to continue their fine form but he will be without six players, according to their official website.
The Gunners are in incredible touch at the minute and are still competing on four fronts this season, and looking very good as a result of that. They have some big matches looming on the horizon, but the initial focus will be on picking up three points against Southampton.
Emery has overseen something of a remarkable turnaround in his initial six months as Arsenal boss, and they now head down to Hampshire as huge favourites to come away with another three points, despite being in Europa League action on Thursday evening.
If the Gunners are to come away with another positive result they are going to need to do so without six members of their squad.
Emery has two of his central defenders suspended for the contest, with Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi having both picked up their fifth bookings last time out. They miss this match as a result.
That will be a big blow for Arsenal because they were already without Rob Holding, who did his cruciate ligament recently. He has had successful surgery on the injury, but his season has been confirmed as over.
The Gunners will be without another trio of players for the trip down the M3, with Emile Smith Rowe out of this match with a right hip problem.
Dinos Mavropanos is also missing as he has a groin injury, while Danny Welbeck completes the Arsenal absentees as he is recovering from surgery on his right ankle.
The Gunners’ squad will be tested for the trip to Southampton, but Emery still has enough firepower in his ranks to get the job done against extremely limited opposition.