COMMENT by Amir Mir
Arsenal host fellow Premier League outfit Southampton on Wednesday evening as they clash in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.
During his 20-year career in north London, the League Cup trophy has eluded Arsene Wenger, but he can edge closer to that trophy with a win against Claude Puel’s Saints.
Here, Football Insider analyses the three Arsenal players who could be key to them smashing Southampton and progressing to the semi-finals.
He produced a poor display in the 3-1 win against Bournemouth on Saturday, but he has shown his best form in the EFL Cup this season.
The versatile attacker has scored three goals and supplied one assist in two appearances and he will be hoping to continue that run against Southampton on Wednesday.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s battle against left-back Ryan Bertrand will be crucial as to whether the Gunners attacker can extend his goalscoring run in the League Cup.
The club’s £17 million summer signing is likely to start against the Saints after returning from ankle injury.
Just like Oxlade-Chamberlain, Perez’ best form has come in the League Cup, where he has scored two goals in two games.
His quick pace and movement could prove to be decisive against an away side that boasts a strong defensive unit.
The 21-year-old centre-back has locked highly impressive during his five appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side in all competitions this term.
Holding will be in for a stern test on Wednesday night with the away side most likely to play striker Charlie Austin.
The manner in which Holding handles the Englishmen could prove to be key as to who progresses through to the semi-finals.
In other Arsenal team news, supporters on Twitter expressed their delight as Hector Bellerin announced his comeback plans.