Arsenal v Southampton
Capital One Cup
Emirates Stadium, 7:45pm KO
Arsenal and Southampton promise an entertaining game at the Emirates Stadium as two of the most attractive teams in the Premier League meet in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
Both teams will be bringing a mix of youth and experience to the game in classic League Cup style, but nothing will be spared as both teams look to progress in this season's first cup competition.
Arsenal come into the game in mixed form having recovered from a dismal 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund by beating Premier League high flyers Aston Villa 3-0 on Saturday. The Gunners remain unbeaten in the Premier League having drawn three and won two.
Southampton have been one of the standout teams of the season, defying the odds after selling over £100 million worth of talent in the summer. They are currently enjoying second place in the Premier League after impressive wins against Swansea, West Ham and Newcastle United.
The Saints sailed into the third round with a 2-0 win against Championship strugglers Millwall and will be confident of causing an upset in north London.
The big news for Arsenal is the return of perennial crock Abou Diaby. The Frenchman has not featured for the Gunners since March 2013 having torn a cruciate ligament in his knee shortly after the game against Swansea.
Wenger confirmed Diaby would play a part in the tie and praised his compatriot for having the mentality to return.
"He is a giant, mentally," said Wenger. "To do what he has done, coming back every time from the severe injuries he has had, deserves a lot of respect.
"He played 90 minutes for the under-21s last week and will play against Southampton."
Arsenal youngsters Isaac Hayden, Chuba Akpom and Semi Ajayi are also set to join Hector Bellerin in the first team.
For Southampton, James Ward-Prowse and Maya Yoshida faced late fitness tests to make the squad while Toby Alderweireld is likely to miss out with a hamstring problem.
Southampton have failed to beat Arsenal in each of their last 10 encounters, last beating the Gunners 3-2 at St Mary's in 2002. Arsenal have won six and drawn four since that game.
Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Chambers, Hayden, Coquelin, Rosicky, Diaby, Wilshere, Alexis, Campbell, Podolski
Subs: Martinez, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Ajayi, Akpon
Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Gardos, Targett, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Tadić, Mané, Pellè
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