Arsenal will be looking to put their disappointing resumption to the Premier League season behind them as they travel to Southampton on Thursday.

The Gunners embark on their third consecutive away trip following back-to-back defeats, first losing at Manchester City 3-0 last week, and then going down 2-1 to Brighton on Saturday.

The Gunners were left frustrated at the Amex Stadium, with Neal Maupay pinching a late winner for the Seagulls after he was embroiled in controversy earlier in the game.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be without first choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno for perhaps the rest of the season, after landing awkwardly on his knee following seemingly inconspicuous contact from Brighton striker Maupay.

Leno’s absence comes at a time when Arsenal are plagued with injuries, particularly at the back, with Calum Chambers and Sokratis both missing, as well as the defensively-minded Lucas Torreira.

To make matters worse, David Luiz, who signed a new one-year deal with Arsenal on Wednesday, will miss the trip to the South Coast as he serves the second of a two-game ban after being sent off against Manchester City.

Fellow defender Pablo Mari also signed fresh terms with the club this week, turning his loan deal from Brazilian side Flamengo into a permanent one – however, he picked up ligament damage against Manchester City which will see him miss the rest of the season.

Cedric Soares, who has been injured since his arrival in January, also made his switch from Southampton permanent, but it is unlikely he will see his first minutes in a Gunners shirt come against his former club.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has far less to worry about, with his side comfortably coming through their first game of the restart by sweeping aside basement boys Norwich City.

Top scorer Danny Ings is likely to retain his place up top, as he sets his sights on an unlikely Golden Boot.

Moussa Djenepo will sit out for Saints, as he is continuing to serve the suspension he received after his red card against Newcastle before lockdown began.

With their win over Norwich, Southampton all but secured their top flight status for another season, and following Arsenal’s wretched restart so far, Saints could go level on points with their opponents with a win.

Southampton v Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium is a 6pm kick off on Thursday, June 25.

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