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Arsenal vs Southampton live: Team news, lineups and transfer news with Unai Emery under pressure

Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE build-up to Arsenal vs Southampton.

There has been a big change in north London over the international break… but it came at Tottenham, with Spurs sensationally sacking Mauricio Pochettino and replacing him with Jose Mourinho this week.

The Special One is back in the Premier League, and the pressure will be on Unai Emery to hold off a festive charge from Spurs – but the Arsenal coach have problems of his own.

The Gunners sit sixth in the table, eight points off fourth place – and that spot is currently occupied by champions Manchester City, showing how difficult a task Champions League qualification could prove to be.

Arsenal need a result on Saturday, and welcome a struggling Southampton side to Emirates Stadium – but the Saints have put in a couple of spirited displays since their 9-0 horror show at home to Leicester City, and very nearly beat Man City in Manchester before the international break.

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