Arsenal will be looking for revenge for their Boxing Day thrashing at Southampton when the two sides meet at the Emirates on Tuesday night.
Arsenal will be without midfielder Tomas Rosicky for Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton.
The experienced Czech Republic international only returned from a knee problem ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Burnley but suffered a thigh problem during the game and will again spend a spell on the sidelines.
Alexis Sanchez is pushing for his first start since a hamstring issue in November while Mohamed Elneny is still waiting for his Premier League debut having made his bow in the cup win. Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla (all knee) and Jack Wilshere (leg) are out.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is keeping quiet about how his side will line up.
The Dutch manager hinted recent signing Charlie Austin could make his first start for the club after impressing on his debut by scoring the winning goal against Manchester United.
Graziano Pelle (knee) and Steven Davis (knock) remain doubtful while Jay Rodriguez (ankle) and Florin Gardos (knee) are unavailable.
- Arsene Wenger has come up against Ronald Koeman on 10 occasions as Arsenal manager, winning just two of those matches (D4 L4).
- Southampton have won just one of their last 21 away trips to Arsenal, but that came under Koeman in the Capital One Cup (W1 D5 L15).
- Charlie Austin has scored in each of his two Premier League appearances against Arsenal, but both came in 1-2 defeats.
- Saints have won three and lost just one of the last five matches against The Gunners in all competitions (D1).
- Alexis Sanchez has scored in both of his appearances against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal.
- Arsene Wenger’s side have scored in the last five minutes of each of their last five Premier League home games against Southampton.
- Southampton scored four goals from just five shots on target in their 4-0 victory over the Gunners on Boxing Day 2015.
- Southampton have scored a league-high 10 headed goals in the Premier League so far in 2015-16 and they have also fired in the most crosses from open play League this season (436).
- Southampton allowed their opponents just three shots on target in their four Premier League games in January; seven fewer than any other side.
- No side allowed their opponents more shots on target in January than Arsenal (24 – level with Sunderland).