Arsenal are still chasing their first win of the Premier League restart when they take on Southampton Wednesday tonight at Saint Mary Stadium following back to back defeats to Manchester City and Brighton.
Gunners have slipped to 11th in the table with their hopes of a late challenge for a fourth place now all but over.
Southampton meanwhile have eased themselves clear of immediate relegation concerns, sat 10 points above the drop zone heading into Thursday’s clash.
Southampton forward Shane Long will be available after missing the win at Norwich through a muscle complaint.
Moussa Djenepo serves the final game of his three-game ban following his March sending off against Newcastle United.
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno (knee) has joined Calum Chambers (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle), Gabriel Martinelli (knee), Cedric Soares (facial), and Lucas Torreira (ankle) on the long injury-list for Mikel Arteta.
However, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Granit Xhaka are back in full training, while David Luiz serves the final game of his two-game ban.
Head to Head
Southampton have won three of their past five Premier League home games against Arsenal, more than they had in their previous 12 against them.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first victory as Southampton manager was against the Gunners in December 2018.
Southampton have only conceded more Premier League goals against Manchester United (82) than they have against Arsenal (76).
Southampton have had just the one game post-lockdown, that being the 3-0 win over Norwich. After a plodding first half, Hasenhuttl’s side exploded into life in the second period as Danny Ings, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond secured the victory.
It hasn’t been such a smooth ride for Arsenal a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City saw defender Luiz produce a clownish performance at the back, while the Gunners collapsed in the late stages against Brighton despite going a goal up.
Predicted Lineups Southampton: McCarthy; Valery, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Obafemi, Ings.
Predicted Lineups Arsenal: Martinez; Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney; Ceballos, Guendouzi, Saka; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Arsenal