Paul Mariner predicts Arsenal v Southampton

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal face Southampton in a quarter-final League Cup encounter tomorrow.

Speaking to ESPN, Paul Mariner is backed former side Arsenal to overcome Southampton en route to reaching the semi-final of the League Cup on Wednesday.

The North Londoners welcome their South-Coast counterparts to the Emirates Stadium tomorrow night as Wenger's side look to move within two matches of a trip to Wembley in February.

The Gunners go into the match on the back of a 3-1 win over Bournemouth at the weekend, having already beaten Southampton at home in the Premier League.

Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates scoring their first goal with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

Manager Arsene Wenger has regularly named an under-strength XI in this competition and he is likely to do the same against the Saints, who could also name a weakened side due to their participation in the Europa League.

And Mariner, who spent two years at Arsenal back in the 1980s, feels that his old club will triumph against Claude Puel's side.

"I think he [Mourinho] will field a fairly strong side. He needs the win. I'm going for Manchester United," he told ESPN.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs

"I think even though Arsenal will field a weakened side, I think they'll win the game."

As mentioned, Arsenal beat Southampton this season but it was only by a 1-0 margin.

In fact, they needed a last-minute penalty from Santi Cazorla to see off the Saints, so tomorrow's visitors could prove something of a handful for Wenger and co.

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey during training

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