Arsenal latest: Wenger on which youngsters may play against Southampton

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Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy is likely to be out for the next three months. The news comes as a big blow to the Gunners, who are light in defence and will have to rely on Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers to cover for the Frenchman.

In other news, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been speaking about the young players who could be given a chance against Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening.

In quotes published by the club’s official website, Wenger said, “On Tuesday night you might see Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Isaac Hayden. In the squad we have Chuba Akpom and Semi Ajayi as well.

“These are the players that are the closest.”

Southampton will be no push-overs, having impressed since Ronald Koeman took charge this summer, and Arsenal will be sure to take them seriously even if there is likely to be a smattering of young talent given a chance to shine.

And finally, Vincent Kompany has revealed that he has been impressed by the Gunners this season.

In quotes published by the Daily Mail, the Manchester City defender said, “I have seen good things from Chelsea but I have seen maybe better things from Arsenal.”

The Belgian international was talking about the likely title candidates although he claimed it was far too early to predict such things.

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