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Southampton V Arsenal Preview And Predicted XI Plus Betting Odds

A much-changed Arsenal side took to the field last night in the dead rubber final Europa League group game against Qarabag.

Mesut Ozil returned to the team following a back injury and created the only goal of the game for Alexandre Lacazette.

Laurent Koscielny also started his first match since May after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. With the pair having returned to full fitness, it means manager Unai Emery’s injury list is shortening.

Konstantinos Mavropanos could return from a groin injury before the end of the month, but Rob Holding (knee) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) are long-term absentees.

Aaron Ramsey has recovered from an ankle injury that kept him out of the game against Huddersfield so should be back in contention for Sunday.

However, the Gunners could be short of cover at centre-back with both Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos suspended for the game at St Mary’s.

For Southampton, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has five players who could miss the match due to various injury issues. Shane Long is the least likely to feature due to an ankle injury. Cedric Soares (calf), Michael Obafemi (hamstring), Ryan Bertrand (back) and Danny Ings (hamstring) are all doubts.

The bookmakers have Arsenal strong favourites for the game with the Gunners at 39/40 with Unibet. A draw is 29/10 at Bet365 while a Southampton win is 3/1 at BetVictor.

Arsenal’s Predicted XI To Face Southampton:

Leno, Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Southampton’s Predicted XI:

McCarthy, Valery, Bednarek, Hoedt, Targett, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Lemina, Armstrong, Redmond, Austin

Predicted Score – 3-1 to Arsenal

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