Arsenal team news v Southampton – Fresh injury doubts for Gunners ahead of key fixture

first_imgArsenal returned to winning ways over the weekend with a nervy 1-0 victory away to West Brom, but the real test will come on Wednesday when the Gunners play host to high-flying Southampton.The south-coast club have been one of the Premier League’s surprise packages this season and they will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat on Sunday with three points against Arsenal.For the Gunners, this is already looking to be a key fixture in their pursuit of a top four spot, and while just two points separate them from the Champions League places, they will be wary of the threat that Southampton possess.The big news in terms of personnel are the doubts over three first team stars, with Kieran Gibbs (ankle), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Nacho Monreal (knee) facing late fitness tests, before boss Arsene Wenger makes his final decision.The trio have been named in Arsenal’s provisional squad, but it seems highly possible that they could miss the midweek clash in order to regain fitness for Saturday’s away trip to Stoke.Two players who will definitely miss out are goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hip) and captain Mikel Arteta (calf), who are not fully recovered in time. 1 Arsene Wenger faces new concerns last_img

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