Arsenal should have Per Mertesacker back at the heart of their defence after the German missed the win over Newcastle due to illness. Arsene Wenger is likely to want Mertesacker straight back in the team after his team conceded 3 goals without him.
Theo Walcott should continue up front having scored a hat trick against Newcastle, though Giroud came off the bench to score twice and may be pushing for a start.
Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta have played a fair few games together recently, and one of them may be in need of a rest sooner rather than later.
Southampton became only the third team to score more than once against Stoke in the league this season as they came within a whisker of winning at the Brittania, and although they only left with a point, they will have gained a lot of confidence from the result.
Arsenal have won their last 4 Premier League games, and are only 3 points behind Spurs in 4th place with a game in hand. They have scored 13 goals in their last 3 matches, though they have also conceded 5 goals in those games.
Both teams are dangerous going forwards but can also be vulnerable at the back, so this could well make for a high scoring game. The Gunners ran out 6-1 winners when the sides met at the Emirates earlier this season, and while they are unlikely to enjoy as much success this time around, they should win and score a few times while they're at it.
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