Michael Owen Tips Arsenal to Edge Entertaining Weekend Contest With Southampton

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He will get games, he will get the opportunity to show that Jack Wilshere is back.

They are a really strong side. "They have a good technical level as a team and both sides can create chances so there could be goals there".

Arsenal visit St Mary's on Sunday before Saints face Leicester and Chelsea as the festive fixtures begin.

Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out of Sunday's game with a thigh injury but Theo Walcott will be fit despite coming off with a tight calf during Arsenal's 6-0 thrashing of BATE Borisov on Thursday.

"Obviously our three strikers are different", Pellegrino said ahead of the Arsenal game.

The 25-year-old has looked more secure in the three-man defence Arsene Wenger has largely fielded since early in the year.

Southampton managed to win 2-0 at Arsenal in the League Cup at the start of the 2016-17 season.

Southampton are still without defender Cedric Soares who is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Pellegrino's main decision is who will lead the line as Charlie Austin has scored three in two starts since returning to the team while Shane Long and Manolo Gabbiadini are also in contention.

Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a Champions League spot.

In Arsenal's last Premier League match against Manchester United the Gunners forced David de Gea to make a record number 14 saves, despite losing 3-1.

The Gunners are next in Premier League action away to Southampton today [14:00 kickoff].

"Our preparations have been good, it has been a good week because we felt last week we changed five or six players and a lot of them have had opportunities".

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