Arsenal Predicted XI vs Southampton: Wenger handed double fitness boost with returning duo

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Arsenal host Southampton at the Emirates on Tuesday night looking to end a three-game winless Premier League streak that threatens to damage their title hopes.

While the Gunners did bounce back with a win over Burnley in the FA Cup at the weekend, Arsene Wenger will be desperate to see his side get their title bid back on track against a side that they suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat to not so long ago.

Their opponents have the benefit of not having played for nine days which will have given Ronald Koeman’s men a significant rest as they now look to build on their win over Manchester United at Old Trafford last time out.

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Nevertheless, Wenger will be confident heading into the encounter as Per Mertesacker returns from his one-game suspension, while Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil should all return to the starting line-up after being rested.

However, the biggest positives for Wenger will have been seeing Francis Coquelin and Alexis Sanchez start against Sean Dyche’s men, and this will be a crucial game for the Gunners to prove that when they’re at full strength, they are a force to be reckoned with.

Having slipped three points adrift of league leaders Leicester City, Arsenal will be desperate to get back to winning ways with Sanchez hoping to play a pivotal role in their resurgence after scoring the winner at the weekend.

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