Arsene Wenger has provided the latest team update ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup 4th round tie with Southampton.
The Gunners travel to St Mary’s for a 5.30 kick off, knowing their recent record away from home against the Saints has not been great.
There’s also the issue of Tuesday night’s Premier League tie with Watford to take into consideration, meaning there’s likely to be a measure of rotation.
Having not played since December 21st, there’s a a return for Theo Walcott, while two defenders are going to be back in action soon.
“We have Walcott who is back in the squad,” he said, “and we lose Xhaka because he’s suspended. Overall that’s it [for the weekend].
“There’s good news because Mertesacker and Debuchy are back in full training tomorrow, so that’s good, the squad is quite big.
“The only problem is central midfield, Elneny is away, so we’re a bit short there.”
Asked about his team for the Southampton game, he hinted there would be some changes, but that there’d also be plenty of experience in there too.
“We will put out a team with first team experience,” he said. “One or two young players but not more than that.
“It’s the first team squad that will be involved.”