Arsenal will take on Premier League side Southampton in the Capital One Cup third round clash at the Emirates on Tuesday evening. Arsenal have ended their four-match winless streak after registering a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park. Meanwhile, Southampton have had a great start to the Premier League season under the guidance of their new manager Ronald Koeman. The Saints saw several of their star players leave the club in the summer transfer window and despite that, they have had a brilliant run in the first few matches. Midfielders Francis Coquelin and Abou Diaby could also feature along with Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, signed from Nice in the summer, as Wenger rests several of his regulars. Abou Diaby has been described as “a giant” by Arsene Wenger, Diaby who is one of several players likely to be drafted in by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who is expected to rest the majority of his first-team players ahead of Saturday’s Premier League derby against Tottenham, with youngsters Hector Bellerin, Isaac Hayden, Chuba Akpom and Semi Ajayi all likely to be given a chance in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup tie against Southampton. Senegal forward Sadio Mane could make a belated Southampton debut at The Emirates. Mane completed a £10million move from Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg on transfer deadline day over three weeks ago but the 22-year-old had to wait until last Friday to be granted a work permit and was not involved in Southampton’s Barclays Premier League victory at Swansea on Saturday. Full-back Mathieu Debuchy, meanwhile, will be missing for up to three months after surgery on damaged ankle ligaments, and joins Nacho Monreal (back), Yaya Sanogo (hamstring), Theo Walcott (knee) Serge Gnabry (knee) and Olivier Giroud (fractured foot) on the sidelines. The Gunner’s midfielder Mesut Ozil was subjected to criticism for his performance prior to the weekend league fixture. Arsene Wenger played the German international out of his position for the clash against Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund. However, the Gunner’s manager played Ozil behind the striker and it immediately paid off.
Last Five (all competitions, most recent first) : W L D D W
Last Result : Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal
Last Five (all competitions, most recent first) : W W W W D
Last Result : Swansea City 0-1 Southampton
Betting Odds (888Sport.com)-
Arsenal to win: 7/10
Southampton to win: 18/5
Venue- Emirates Stadium.
Where to Watch-
Kick-off is set for 7:45pm BST (12:15 am- India).
Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.