Arsenal provide explanation for absence of three players vs Southampton

Arsenal vs Southampton

Arsenal’s latest tie saw them face off with Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners began the day in 6th spot, one point off 5th, and eight points adrift of a Champions League place.

So, Unai Emery’s side knew that a win was very much necessary vs Southampton.

However, Arsenal have not been in great form lately, failing to win any of their last five games across all competitions prior to Southampton.

Arsenal’s afternoon got off to a nightmare start at the Emirates as well, when Danny Ings fired the Saints into the lead with just eight minutes played.

But Alexandre Lacazette would respond 11 minutes later, drawing the Gunners level.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – MAY 29: Unai Emery the head coach / manager of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Why Holding, Kolasinac & Saka missed out

Ahead of the tie with Southampton, Arsenal had a few key players omitted from their matchday squad.

Rob Holding has been one of the few bright spots in Arsenal’s backline in the smattering of games he has played this season.

And both Sead Kolasinac and Bukayo Saka have been pretty prominent figures for Arsenal so far this campaign.

However, all three missed out from the squad vs Southampton.

But the Gunners have provided an explanation for the trio’s respective absences.

Kolasinac is missing with a hamstring issue, while Holding and Saka are dealing with slight knee problems.

See also: Emery: Lucas Torreira ‘has a very big future’ at Arsenal

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