Arsenal have confirmed that a tight thigh has forced Sead Kolasinac to sit out today’s game with Southampton.
The Bosnian had been expected to start as our left wing-back alongside a reshuffled three-man defence, but Unai Emery, due to Rob Holding’s injury and suspensions to Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi has had to think again.
We know that Laurent Koscielny, making his first league start since May, will start in the middle but it remains to be seen how the Spaniard sets up the rest of his starting lineup with Stephan Lichtsteiner, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin all included.
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Could he go with a traditional four at the back? Monreal and Bellerin flanking Lichtsteiner and Koscielny? Lichtsteiner and Bellerin flanking Monreal and Koscielny?
Or could he be tempted to drop Granit Xhaka between Koscielny and Lichtsteiner as a three-man defence with Monreal and Bellerin playing wing-back roles?
We’ll find out soon enough. Best wishes to Sead, we’ll miss his attacking prowess. Hopefully it’s not too serious.