Lucas returns for Southampton, Giroud misses out

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Lucas Perez will be back in the squad for Wednesday night’s EFL Cup game against Southampton.

The Spanish striker has been out of action since the 2-0 win over Reading in the previous round, but Arsene Wenger has confirmed he’ll return to action tomorrow.

“Lucas is in the squad and we will have a mixture of youth and experience, but still 90 per cent of the first-team squad,” he said.

Some fringe players like Gabriel, Rob Holding and others will play. Olivier Giroud misses out with what is described as a minor ‘groin’ problem, while Mathieu Debuchy awaits the results of a scan to determine the seriousness of the hamstring injury he suffered against Bournemouth on Sunday.

Wenger described the French international as distraught, and it’s feared he could be in for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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