Arsenal looked back to close to their normal selves in the Premier League last time out, with a dominant first-half display in the 3-1 win over Watford showing just what Arsene Wenger’s men are capable of when in the mood.

As Euro 2016 stars return to fitness and new faces are integrated into the Gunners group, the North London side’s undoubted quality throughout their team becomes apparent.

Arsenal host Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and have more players available following the double deal to bring Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez to the club.

The German powerhouse centre-half could and should be slotted straight into the Gunners team to partner Laurent Koscielny, with this pairing looking like the team’s most dependable on paper.

In attack, Perez is the talk of the town after his 17 La Liga goals last season for Deportivo La Coruna, but the Spanish attacker will sure be on the bench rather than the starting XI for this game.

It is high time that Olivier Giroud comes back into the Arsenal team and it may well be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who started at Vicarage Road, that makes way.

This would allow Alexis Sanchez to return to his natural role on the left flank and let the French number nine lead the line for the hosts.

Giving Theo Walcott a consecutive start would be good management by Wenger, but with Alex Iwobi in contention once more it remains to be seen if it will happen.

Looking deeper in the side, the central midfield pairing that started against Watford could well be the one Wenger prefers all season long.

Granit Xhaka looked excellent in the win last time out, with his all-action style the perfect complement to Santi Cazorla’s technique and poise on the ball.

Possible Arsenal starting XI (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Cazorla, Xhaka; Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud.


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