Arsenal must pick themselves up from their weekend FA Cup exit as they face a tough Premier League test against Southampton at St Mary’s tonight.
The Gunners face the same opponents who knocked them out of the cup on this very ground on Saturday, with their FA Cup defence ending meekly in the fourth round.
One upshot from their cup exit is that Arsenal can now focus on climbing the League table after a difficult season. Arteta was under serious pressure over Christmas, but a 3-1 Boxing Day win over Chelsea sparked an upturn in form and results to stabilise the Gunners’ season.
While there is renewed optimism at the Emirates, Arsenal sit 11th in the table and seven points off fourth-placed Liverpool. Champions League qualification looks a long shot, but this has been a campaign full of surprises - though the Gunners cannot realistically afford many more setbacks if they are to mount any sort of challenge for European football.
With kick-off at 8:15pm GMT, follow all the match action and latest updates on our live blog with Simon Collings at St Mary’s.