Walcott back to face former club

Arsenal will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League with victory over high-flying Southampton tomorrow afternoon.

Theo Walcott is in line for a shock return against the side where he began his career after missing the last two months with an abdominal injury, while Aaron Ramsey should also after feature despite dropping out of international duty with Wales with a hamstring complaint.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo, Abou Diaby and Lukas Podolski all remain out, though Mesut Ozil, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere are all available.

The Gunners ran out 6-1 winners in last season’s corresponding fixture, though with Southampton boasting the best defensive record in the division, a repeat performance appears unlikely.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men could actually replace Arsenal in first place if they win by two clear goals and Liverpool drop points in the Merseyside derby earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, Santi Cazorla has told ESPN that he was hopeful of Arsenal signing Liverpool’s Luis Suarez in the summer.

The club failed with two bids for Uruguay international, who has returned from a ten game suspension to fire in eight goals in just six top-flight games for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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