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PHOTOS: Hector Bellerin looks sharp and Lukas Podolski plays pretend-boxing in Arsenal training

Below are the best pictures from Arsenal’s training session on Monday, as they prepared to take on Southampton in the League Cup on Tuesday.

Arsenal have been training on Monday ahead of their League Cup third-round tie against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger’s side will head into Tuesday's encounter with renewed confidence and optimism, having returned to winning ways in style on Saturday.

Having gone three competitive matches without a win, the Gunners breezed past Aston Villa 3-0 at Villa Park in the Premier League.

Mesut Ozil was the star of the show, as the Germany international playmaker returned to form and was among the goals.

Deadline-day signing Danny Welbeck was also on target for Arsenal against the Villans – it was his first goal for the North London outfit.

Arsenal manager Wenger is expected to make a number of changes to his starting line-up against the Saints on Tuesday, but the Frenchman will be determined to win.

A defeat at home even without many regulars in the team will be counted as ‘failure’, especially against a Southampton side who lost many of their key players in the summer.

Despite the summer exodus, the Saints have made a bright start to the 2014-15 Premier League campaign and are currently second in the table with 10 points from five matches, just three points behind leaders Chelsea.

Ronald Koeman’s side will pose a threat to Arsenal on Tuesday, but the Gunners have been preparing seriously to avoid a defeat. Below are the best pictures from their Monday training.

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