Losing two senior players for any Premier League clash isn’t ideal, although the two notable absentees for Wednesday will fall in line with requests the fans have been asking for in recent weeks.
Granit Xhaka‘s inexplicable moment of stupidity will see him miss the next three matches through suspension, lunacy that may well have cost his side three points but a decision that will leave many more hopeful of three points elsewhere.
Hector Bellerin will also sit out through suspension having picked up his fifth yellow card already this season.
Along with those two, David Luiz is expected to be available after recovering from a head wound, and could take up his place in central defence alongside Gabriel Magalhaes.
Reiss Nelson wasn’t involved against Burnley, a call that is either related to a minor knock sustained in training or for tactical reasons. Thomas Partey continues to be absent and is set to miss out until January. A similar timeframe is set for Gabriel Martinelli.
Arsenal do welcome back Nicolas Pepe, who has now served his own three-match suspension and could be recalled immediately for the visit of the Saints.
As for the visitors, they arrive to the Emirates Stadium with a clean bill of health, missing no senior squad members as Hasenhuttl bids to secure the Saints’ first away league victory over Arsenal since 1987.