The FA Cup holders face a tough test on the south coast this afternoon as Southampton look to reach the fifth round for just the second time in seven years.
The Gunners will need to improve on their showing in the third round, needing extra time to finally dispatch of a lacklustre Newcastle side and will be wary of their hosts’ form.
Southampton come into the game off back-to-back home wins, including over Premier League champions Liverpool, and again host Arsenal in the top-flight in three days’ time.
Mikel Arteta is expected to shuffle his pack somewhat, with struggling wingers Willian and Nicolas Pepe likely to be afforded another chance to impress. New signing Mat Ryan will be in the squad.
Southampton are able to welcome back star striker Danny Ings after completing a period of self-isolation following a positive Covid-19 test.
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Arsenal could hand a debut to Mat Ryan after the goalkeeper joined on loan from Brighton for the remainder of the season.
Mikel Arteta is likely to shuffle his pack and Ryan could come straight in for Bernd Leno.
Pablo Mari (calf) misses out but Dani Ceballos will undergo a late fitness test on his own calf complaint and could be involved.
Arsenal provisional squad: Leno, Runarsson, Ryan, Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Gabriel, Holding, Luiz, Mustafi, Tierney, Ceballos, Partey, Willock, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Willian, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah, Martinelli, Balogun.
Southampton team news
Southampton striker Danny Ings is back in contention today.
Ings, who recently recovered from a hamstring injury, has been in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus and missed the Saints’ last two matches.
Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl made seven changes for the midweek cup win against Shrewsbury and still has a lengthy injury list, which includes latest casualty Will Smallbone, who will be out for six months after damaging knee ligaments.
Southampton provisional squad: McCarthy, Bertrand, Bednarek, Stephens, Walker-Peters, Armstrong, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Adams, Long, Walcott, Valery, N’Lundulu, Forster, Watts, Vokins, Chauke, Jankewitz.
Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the FA Cup clash between Southampton and Arsenal.
We have Simon Collings at St Mary’s. Kick-off is at 12.15pm.
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