Arsenal XI vs Southampton: Confirmed squad news, line-up expected, latest injury for Premier League game today

William Saliba, captain Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli were among six changes to the Gunners squad that beat PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League on Thursday, with Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Thomas Partey all also rested.

They should all be returned to the starting line-up for this afternoon’s clash at St Mary’s, with Mikel Arteta confirming that Bukayo Saka and Martinelli are both fit after having injury doubts earlier this week.

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“I think [Saka] is fine,” Arteta said on Friday. β€œHe struggled a bit at the end, but hopefully he’ll be fine for Sunday.

“[Martinelli] had a tough week. He did not feel well during the week. But the day before the game he already felt better, so we decided to play him a little.

There is an outside chance that Oleksandr Zinchenko could also make the squad, with the left-back recovering well from a calf injury that has plagued him since early October.

Emile Smith Rowe and Mohamed Elneny remain out long-term with groin and hamstring injuries respectively.

Predicted Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

Sunday 2pm BST, Sky Sports

Venue: Sainte Marie

The Arsenal team of: Huh, Ramsdale, Turner; Cedric, Gabriel, Holding, Saliba, Tierney, Tomiyasu, White, Zinchenko; Lokonga, Odegaard, Partey, Saka, Vieira, Xhaka; Jesus, Martinelli, Marquinhos, Nelson and Nketiah.

Injured: Elneny (hamstrings), Smith Rowe (groin)

Doubts: Zinchenko (veal)


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