(Sporting Alert) — Arsenal will be without midfielders Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey for tonight’s Premier League clash with Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Starting in central midfield tonight are Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta, with Serge Gnabry, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla playing the supporting role to lone striker Olivier Giroud, who is back in the starting XI after being on the bench for the FA Cup win over Coventry last Friday.
Meanwhile, Southampton handed teenage striker Sam Gallagher a start after he impressed in a scoring outing against Yeovil in the FA Cup over the weekend.
Rickie Lambert is missing due to a hamstring problem, while Dani Osvaldo has been suspended by the club.
Southampton XI: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, Rodriguez, Steven Davis, Lallana, Gallagher.
Southampton Subs:Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Hooiveld, Isgrove.
Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Flamini, Ozil, Cazorla, Gnabry, Giroud.
Arsenal Subs: Vermaelen, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabianski, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Gibbs.