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Smith Rowe To Return, Tierney To Continue | Predicted 4-4-1-1 Arsenal Lineup Vs Southampton

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Arsenal are aiming to get back to winning ways as they take on Southampton on Saturday. The Gunners have suffered two back to back losses in the Premier League, which has seen them slip to seventh in the league table. Another defeat could land them in further trouble as the pressure continues to mount on Mikel Arteta.

Predicted Arsenal Lineup Vs Southampton

Defence

Despite conceding five goals in the last two matches, Mikel Arteta is unlikely to make any defensive changes from the side that lost to Everton earlier in the week.

As such, Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes will hope to regain their solidity after a disappointing run of performances, at the heart of the four-man backline. This time out, they may require additional defensive cover from the right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu, although the Japanese international also needs to provide the goods going forward.

Elsewhere in the backline, Kieran Tierney may get the nod ahead of Nuno Tavares once again, in the left-back position, whereas Aaron Ramsdale is a guaranteed starter in between the sticks. The former Sheffield United starlet has been one of the best performers for Arsenal this season.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 06: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
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Midfield

There might be changes in order, as far as Arsenal’s second line of press is concerned. Especially in central midfield, Granit Xhaka’s disappointing performance against Everton should see him make way for new signing Albert Sambi Lokonga.

The former Anderlecht talent is expected to renew his partnership alongside Thomas Partey, while Martin Odegaard remains a favourite to occupy the number ten position. The Norwegian’s creativity could go a long way in aiding Arsenal’s offensive game this weekend.

Attack

Emile Smith Rowe remains a doubt for Arsenal due to a groin injury. But we are expecting the youngster to recover in time for Saturday’s clash against Southampton.

He could thus reclaim his spot at left wing ahead of Gabriel Martinelli, with the Englishman hoping to cause terror on the flanks along with Bukayo Saka, who should start on the opposite flank.

The Arsenal frontline is likely to be led by Alexandre Lacazette once again, as Arteta continues to lose his faith in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The former Dortmund superstar remains an option from the bench, though.

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