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For all of their hard work over the winter months, Southampton have been a shadow of their former selves in the past few weeks, and a Chelsea side lacking confidence barely needed to get into second gear to snap their losing streak on the South Coast.

Marcos AlonsoKai HavertzMason Mount and Timo Werner all got their names on the scoresheet before the half-time whistle blew, and the latter two doubled their tallies early in the second half, but Southampton did at least manage to avoid yet another 9-0 thumping in front of their own fans.

That may have been the only minor consolation that Ralph Hasenhuttl and his side could take from that 6-0 humiliation, with the Saints slowly slipping down the table after posting just one draw and four losses from their last eight in the top flight.

Southampton suddenly find themselves down in 14th in the table amid their miserable run of form, but only one point separates them from Crystal Palace in the top 10, and the chance to close that gap is upon them as Patrick Vieira‘s side prepare for FA Cup semi-final duties.

A formerly solid side at home, Southampton have now strung together a three-game losing run at St Mary’s in the Premier League – shipping 10 goals in the process – but Arsenal are not a side riding on cloud nine right now.

Southampton striker Armando Broja will make a timely return to the squad after he was ineligible to face parent club Chelsea, which should see Adam Armstrong return to the bench on Saturday.

Shane LongAlex McCarthy and Lyanco are all in with chances of returning from their injury problems to make the squad this weekend, and Hasenhuttl is sure to consider alterations after last week’s embarrassment.

Oriol Romeu was hauled off after just 36 minutes against the Blues and could now cede his place in midfield to Ibrahima Diallo, and Theo Walcott will likely start on the bench against his former club.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are already confirmed to be without Tierney for the rest of the season, while Partey also remains in the medical bay, and Tomiyasu will not return to team training until after Saturday’s game.

The Granit Xhaka left-back experiment did not work in the slightest against Brighton, so Arteta may elect to bring Nuno Tavares back into the defence as Xhaka returns to the midfield alongside Albert Sambi Lokonga.

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Alexandre Lacazette has not scored in the Premier League from open play since the home clash with Southampton in December and was also absent from training earlier this week for private reasons, so either Gabriel Martinelli or Eddie Nketiah may lead the line this weekend, but Arteta is still confident of having his captain available.

Southampton possible starting lineup:
Forster; Livramento, Salisu, Bednarek, Walker-Peters; S. Armstrong, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi; Adams, Broja

Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tavares; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette

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