[Image] Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal XI to face Southampton – Can the defending champions show their power?


Predicted Arsenal XI to face Southampton in the FA Cup

Arsenal will encounter Southampton in the 4th round of the FA Cup on Saturday. The Gunners have enjoyed a good run of form over the last few games. They have four wins from their last five games, which included a stoppage-time win over Newcastle in the last round.

Southampton aren’t in bad form either, as they have proved to be tough opponents this season. They have encountered just one loss in their last five games. Both sides look good going into the fixture and a cracking game could be on the cards.

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There are one or two players who are very likely to miss this game. Pablo Mari will consider himself unlucky to have suffered another injury after a brief spell in the team. There remain doubts over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Dani Ceballos due to injuries. Some of the fringe players could be brought into the mix.

LONDON, United Kingdom, DECEMBER 15.Bernd Leno of Arsenal during English Premier League between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium, London, England on 15 December 2019. AFS/Espa-Images Arsenal and Manchester City – English Premier League.

Probable Arsenal XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Bernd Leno (GK)

With Alex Runarsson having a torrid time, Bernd Leno can be expected to man the posts for now.

Kieran Tierney (LB)

Has been solid in his position through the season and has adjusted well to any positional changes. Has shown real intent during this time.

Calum Chambers (CB)

Forgotten man Calum Chambers could be thrust into the mix in order to rotate the squad.

Gabriel Magalhaes (CB)

The Brazilian could finally return to action after a long time and it could be some good news for Arteta.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 18: Cedric Soares of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Davy – Pool/Getty Images)

Cedric (RB)

Cedric has been trusted to play through quite a few games this season and that could continue.

Dani Ceballos (DM)

With midfield options thin, Ceballos could well start this one out.

Mohamed Elneny (DM)

With Partey still fresh off his injury, chances are that Elneny takes his place.

Willian (AM)

The veteran Brazilian could be given a chance to show his importance after a lean start to the season.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal greets Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal as Gabriel Martinelli is substituted off and Nicolas Pepe is substituted on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Boyers – Pool/Getty Images)

Gabriel Martinelli (LW)

The youngster faced another little spell on the sidelines after his injury but will be hoping to start this one.

Eddie Nketiah (ST)

Nketiah has been a huge hit in the cup competitions this season and might get the nod.

Nicolas Pepe (RW)

The record signing isn’t having the best of seasons but could be handed a chance to set things right.