Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has provided updates regarding the fitness of trio Mathieu Debuchy, Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez ahead of the Gunners’ clash against Southampton.

Arsenal continued their fine run of form with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth during the weekend and now the Gunners turn their attention towards the EFL Cup on Wednesday night, where they square off Southampton in a quarter final clash at the Emirates Stadium.

One can be sure that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be keen on his side claiming a victory from the encounter but at the same time, the Frenchman will be tempted to rest a host of his key players on the night – especially with the games coming in thick and fast..

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Speaking to the Kicker, German international Serge Gnabry has stated that he made the correct decision by swapping Arsenal for Werder Bremen this summer.

Gnabry was touted to become the next big thing for Arsenal after making his debut for the Gunners as a teenager back in 2012 and it was clear to see that the German attacker had all the skills required in his repertoire to become a success at the Emirates Stadium.

Evidently though, Gnabry was not quite able to fulfill on his promise and the attacker made a move to Werder Bremen this summer for a fee believed to be in the region of around £5 million.

Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown has stated that his former side are currently not in the strongest positions in the midfield area.

Arsenal continued their pursuit of the Premier League title with a hard fought 3-1 victory over Bournemouth and although the Gunners were not at their best during the clash, fans would surely have been pleased with the club’s ability to grind out the desired result.

That said, rivals such as Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are all in blistering form at the moment and Arsenal perhaps need to step up their game as well as earn the right result in order to potentially avoid losing crucial points during the upcoming busy festive period.

Arsene Wenger has gone on to confirm that Arsenal are planning to hand midfielder Jack Wilshere a new contract in January.

Jack Wilshere made a surprise loan move from Arsenal to Bournemouth this summer and it has to be said that the midfielder has managed to enjoy a fruitful time at the Vitality Stadium so far following two injury ravaged campaigns at the Emirates Stadium.

While Arsenal fans would surely have been pleased to see Wilshere getting regular action on the pitch under his belt, the England international has gone on to make some worrying admissions in recent times.

Jamie Redknapp believes that Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has what it takes to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in the foreseeable future.

Arsene Wenger is currently in the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium and the general consensus at the moment is that the veteran French manager will be ending his two decade long association with the Gunners at the end of the current campaign.

While Arsenal may have struggled to win trophies on a consistent basis over the last few years under Wenger, there is no doubting the fact that replacing the 67-year-old will prove to be a herculean task for the Gunners and whoever does replace him, will certainly have huge shoes to fill.