[3-4-2-1] Arsenal line-up vs Southampton: Mesut Ozil, Alex Lacazette Dropped, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey to Start – Latest Arsenal News

[3-4-2-1] Arsenal line-up vs Southampton: Mesut Ozil, Alex Lacazette Dropped, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey to Start

With Rob Holding (knee), Dinos Mavropanos (groin), Shkodran Mustafi (suspended and hamstring) and Sokratis Papastathopolous (suspended) unavailable, Unai Emery has a real selection headache at centre-half.

The Arsenal boss has preferred a three-man central defence in recent weeks but a lack of numbers may force a rethink, with Emery set to make a late decision on whether Laurent Koscielny is ready to start a Premier League match for the first time this season following his 72-minute run-out against Qarabag on Thursday.

Stephan Lichtsteiner and Nacho Monreal are Emery’s other options at centre-back, so a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 may instead be preferred (as it was in the second half of the win over Huddersfield) this weekend given the dearth of choice available to the Gunners’ head coach.

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