Luke Shaw ready for Arsenal baptism of fire

Southampton defender Luke Shaw

Southampton left-back, Luke Shaw could be thrown straight into deep end and make his Premier League debut away at Arsenal on Saturday. The Southern Daily Echo reports.

At just 17 years of age, Shaw has made two senior appearances for the Saints, coming on as a substitute in January’s 1-1 draw with Millwall in the FA Cup and starting against Stevenage in this season’s Capital One Cup.

Shaw could replace Danny Fox who is suffering from a groin injury and is doubtful for the match at the Emirates.

He is a graduate of Southampton’s highly-acclaimed academy and could face fellow academy graduates, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in North London.

Manager Nigel Adkins is short of options at left-back, allowing Dan Harding to move to Nottingham Forest, failing to agree a deal with Blackburn for Martin Olsson and missing out on Alexander Buttner to Manchester United.

Saints do have Ryan Dickson in the ranks, but the player is well out of favour at St Mary’s, as he has not featured since September 2011 and is without a squad number this season.