Arsenal latest: Flamini at left-back?; Title fight not over, says Wenger

Flamini Warm Up

All the latest from The Emirates as they prepare to face Southampton in the Premier League this evening.

Arsenal take on Southampton this evening and in the build up to the game much has been made of Arsene Wenger's comments that the club will win the league again soon.

The Arsenal boss was discussing the future of the team when he insisted that they will still challenge for the title this term.

He said of a potential title fight:

"Of course. We have not started very well, but we never had the squad together since the start of the season. It was a post-World Cup start typically.

"I think we have what is requested to do it. We have to fight like mad now to come back as much as possible to show that we can compete in every single game.

"The Premier League level goes always up and this season Chelsea have started very well. They will be difficult to catch, but everybody will fight to come back on them."

Ahead of tonight's game with high-flying Saints Wenger has made it clear he will not be taking them lightly despite their recent mauling at the hands of Manchester City.

"They lost good players and they bought well. They started well and they got a severe defeat at home on Saturday, but until then, they did very well.

"They recruited mainly strikers because their defence is quite similar to last season, their midfield as well. Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte, Yoshida - they bought Bertrand and kept Schneiderlin.

"They’ve still got all these players like Cork and Ward-Prowse who were there last year. It’s just their strikers, who have come in very well."

Finally, and team news ahead of tonight's game. Both left-backs Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs have fitness tests. If neither can play than Mathieu Flamini is expected to fill in at left-back.

Meanwhile the likes of Wojciech Szczesny, David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Serge Gnabry are all out while Abou Diaby is not set to return to action.

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