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Early team news

Striker Danny Ings could return for Southampton after isolating due to testing positive for coronavirus. 

Ings has recently recovered from a hamstring injury but missed the Saints’ last two games.

Arsenal could hand a debut to newly signed goalkeeper Mat Ryan who was signed on Friday as back-up to first-choice Bernd Leno.

Defender Pablo Mari is ruled out with a calf injury but midfielder Dani Ceballos will have a late fitness test. 

Last time out

Southampton qualified for the fourth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night when they faced Shrewsbury at St. Marys. Dan N’Lundulu opened the scoring in the 16th minute to part the Saints in control and James Ward-Prowse put the icing on the cake with a second in the 89th minute.

Arsenal also progressed through the third round with a 2-0 win. This victory coming against Newcastle who made it difficult for the Gunners especially in the first half. The match went to extra-time and looked certain to go to penalties but Emile Smith-Rowe, who had a red card overturned on VAR, found a touch of space in the box and broke the deadlock in the 109th minute. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the result beyond doubt eight minutes later and Arsenal were through. 

SOUTHAMPTON HOST HOLDERS ARSENAL IN FA CUP

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage as Southampton welcome holders Arsenal to St Mary’s in the FA Cup fourth round.

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