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EPL: Arteta’s Arsenal to be without 5 players for Southampton match

ENGLAND – Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, will welcome back Nicolas Pepe for his teams’ Premier League clash at home against Southampton.

Pepe has finished serving a three-match ban after he was shown a straight red card against Leeds United.

However, Hector Bellerin is suspended for the visit of the Saints, after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Sunday.

Granit Xhaka was also sent off during the game and begins a three-match ban.

A statement on Arsenal’s official website read: “Hector Bellerin – Suspension. Serving one-match suspension for receiving a fifth yellow card.

“David Luiz – Head. David sustained a deep laceration to the head during Wolves (h) on November 29. Due to the significant impact, David has continued to be closely monitored for a concussion and has followed all protocols. David is now back in full training and his fitness will continue to be assessed ahead of Wednesday’s match.

“Gabriel Martinelli – Left knee. Sustained injury during training on June 21. Gabi is now back in full training.

“Thomas Partey – Left thigh. Sustained a strain to the left thigh during Tottenham Hotspur (a) on December 6. This is in the same area of the thigh as the initial strain which Thomas sustained against Aston Villa (h) on November 8.

“Thomas will be unavailable for forthcoming matches and is working hard with our medical team in order to return to training as soon as possible.

“Granit Xhaka – Suspension. Serving the first of a three-match suspension. Will be unavailable for Southampton (h), Everton (a) and Manchester City (h – Carabao Cup QF).”

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