As the Gunners gear up to host Southampton FC at the Emirates Stadium, they will be boosted by the return of their Chilean dynamo Alexis Sanchez.
Sanchez made an impressive return to action in Arsenal FC’s FA Cup fourth round win over Burnley, creating one goal and scoring the other as the Gunners qualified for the last 16 in that competition. The midfielder had not seen any action since November, after suffering a hamstring injury, and Arsene Wenger could hand him his first Premier League start since recovering against Southampton FC.
Another Gunner who could be making a fresh start is the January acquisition from FC Basel, Mohamed Elneny, who may start in the holding midfield role, as Santi Cazorla is recovering from a long term injury and Francis Coquelin has injury problems of his own. Apart from the midfield duo, striker Danny Welbeck, midfielders Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky, who made a cameo in the FC Cup match, are also members of the walking wounded at Arsenal FC.
Southampton FC could be fielding a January signing of their own too. The Saints are coming off a 1-0 win against Manchester United and will most likely be fielding the player who scored the winning goal in the match, Charlie Austin. The former QPR forward has a good record against Arsenal and will be looking to make an impact for the Saints in the absence of regular forward Graziano Pelle, who is out with a knee injury.
Midfielder Steven Davis, forward Jay Rodriguez and defender Florin Gardos are also on Southampton’s injured list and will not be available for selection.