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Why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is missing for Arsenal against Southampton

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Why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is missing for Arsenal against Southampton

Arsenal look to bounce back against Southampton

Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are in desperate need of a win in front of a home crowd this afternoon.

The Gunners most recent defeat, 2-1 to Everton at Goodison Park, meant that the north London outfit have now lost 3 of their last four games, and have slipped from 5th to 7th place in the Premier League, while raising further questions about rookie manager Mikel Arteta.

Now with home ties against Southampton and, crucially, against West Ham, in the coming week, Arsenal are in dire need of maximum points. Should they fail to beat the Hammers, they could find them seven points behind David Moyes’ side, and almost consigned to a race for sixth place unless they see a dramatic upturn in form.

Southampton are in similar poot form, having won just 1 of their last five games, although they have only lost two, and they are set to hand a debut to emergency signing Willy Caballero, with both their first team goalkeepers out injured.

With so much going wrong for Arteta’s side despite heavy summer spending, can they find a way to pick up a much-needed three points to get back to winning ways in front of the Emirates faithful?

Arsenal minimise the changes

After understandable disappointment last time out, changes were expected. However, they were not forthcoming.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was overlooked until the final 10 minutes on Merseyside, is nowhere to be seen in the matchday squad after missing Friday’s training for unknown reasons.

It has since been clarified by Mikel Arteta, and it does not spell good news for the Arsenal skipper. Asked on his absence, Arteta said:

“Unfortunately due to a disciplinary breach.”

Asked whether it was a long term ban, Arteta replied:

“It starts today”

Beyond that, however, the starting XI is unchanged, meaning that Alexandre Lacazette leads the line once again, and Granit Xhaka plays for the second time in seven days after spending two months out with injury.

Under-fire midfielder Thomas Partey also retains his place, while exciting forward Gabriel Martinelli also keeps his starting berth.

Will it be enough to get the Gunners the win?

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