Arsene Wenger has named his team for the Fourth Round FA Cup clash with Southampton and there are a number of changes from the side which beat Burnley.
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Match: Southampton v Arsenal
Stadium: St. Mary’s Stadium
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Arsene Wenger has overhauled his side ahead of the Fourth Round FA Cup clash. David Ospina returns in goals and plays in front of a much-changed backline.
Kieran Gibbs and Hector Bellerin both come in at full-back after their respective injuries and there is a new centre-back pairing. Shkodran Mustafi keeps his place and plays alongside Rob Holding for the first time.
There is a big surprise in midfield too. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will start in the centre alongside youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Wenger, it seems, is not willing to risk Francis Coquelin or Aaron Ramsey with both players left in London.
Theo Walcott returned to training last week and is thrown straight back into the side. He plays on the right with Lucas Perez on the opposite flank. The French youngster Jeff Reine-Adelaide will start in the centre and support Danny Welbeck up front. The Englishman gets his first start in eight months.
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On the bench, Per Mertesacker gets a place alongside players like Alex Iwobi and Nacho Monreal. Alexis Sanchez is there too but will probably only be used if the Gunners go behind.
Subs: Martinez, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Iwobi, Monreal, Alexis
Subs: Taylor, Yoshida, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Redmond, Tadic