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Salisu starts, Walcott axed: Predicted Southampton starting XI vs Arsenal

Southampton will be hoping to pick up their third win in a row as they travel to North London to face Arsenal on Wednesday evening.

Mikel Arteta’s side have endured a shocking start to the 2020/21 Premier League season, as they currently sit in 15th position in the top-flight, having lost seven of their opening 12 fixtures.

The Gunners have also scored just twice in their last eight games in the Premier League, so considering Southampton’s impressive start to the season, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will be full of confidence ahead of the game at the Emirates.

The Saints were excellent in their 3-0 win against Sheffield United last weekend but the performance of Nathan Redmond, in particular, could lead the Austrian to consider making changes to his starting line up.

Here’s how Football FanCast expects Hasenhuttl to line his side up against Arsenal, with two changes from the starting team against Sheffield United…


Alex McCarthy keeps his place in goal and will fancy his chances of picking up another clean sheet against the goal-shy Gunners.

There’s one change in central defence, as Mohammed Salisu is handed his first start of the season, as the youngster’s pace could be key if the Saints are to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quiet on Wednesday evening, with Jan Bednarek rested ahead of Saturday’s game against Manchester City.

Jannik Vestergaard will start alongside the youngster, having labelled the summer signing a “big talent” earlier this season.

Unsurprisingly, James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu continue their partnership in midfield, with the two arguably undroppable if they continue their superb start to the season, which has seen them both rated in the top four Saints performers in the top-flight.

There’s one change on the left-hand side, as Nathan Redmond replaces Theo Walcott after he came off the bench to score an impressive goal in the win against Chris Wilder’s side on Sunday.

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However, Walcott will surely want to start against the side where he spent much of his career, so don’t be surprised if he makes an impact from the bench should he be replaced by Redmond in the starting team.

Danny Ings and Che Adams could be the source of goals at the Emirates against an out-of-sorts Arsenal side, with their connection in attack likely to cause Arteta’s side problems.

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It will be interesting to see how Hasenhuttl lines his team up on Wednesday and whether or not the Saints can pick up a win, but when considering the difference in form, you could definitely argue that Southampton are the favourites for Wednesday’s game.

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