Obafemi In Line To Battle Arsenal In EPL


Southampton of England striker, Michael Obafemi is in line for a return to action from injury this weekend, and footballlive.ng gathered that he is on course for a part of The Saints’ squad against Alex Iwobi’s Arsenal.

While Iwobi is angling to keep his place in The Gunners’s tarting line-up for Sunday’s fixture, Obafemi, a Nigerian-born Ireland international, could mark his contract extension at St. Mary’s with a piece of action away to the London side.

Obafemi is said to be part of a triple-injury boost for Southampton, is he is back in training alongside Stuart Armstrong and Mario Lemina, as the trio put themselves potentially in line to return for Sunday’s clash.

Armstrong has been out since the February 2, while Lemina and Obafemi have not played for The Saints since December 2018, but all three a part of possibilities for the game at Emirates Stadium.

Obafemi and his pals will be all out to try and stop Arsenal from making progress in the race for fourth place, as they will be determined to take their battle against relegation a step futher.

In contrast with Obafemi’s side, The Gunners currently sit in fifth place, equal on points with Chelsea and one point behind Manchester United, such that victory against The Saints could leapfrog them to fourth spot should The Red Devils drop points against Liverpool also on Sunday.

Iwobi could again get a starting role alongside Mesut Ozil in Arsenal’s midfield, following their almost flawless combinations in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League victory against BATE Borisov of Belarus.

Ozil returned to the starting eleven in the 3-0 win, after he was left out of the team for the previous week’s encounter, and will hope to link well with Iwobi once again in trying to win back Unai EWmery’s trust.

Indeed, Emery’s side possesses an impressive record at the Emirates, unbeaten in their last 12 home fixtures and winning the last six in a row, and the gaffer could be tempted to stick with the lineup that earlier beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 during their last English Premier League outing.

That would see Iwobi and Ozil combine in the middle, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and new signing Denis Suarez rounding off The Gunners’ attack.


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