CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 08:  Southampton manger Ralph Hasenhutt looks on during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Southampton FC at Cardiff City Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential Southampton Lineup to Face Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday

Ralph Hasenhuttl will take charge of his first home match as Southamton manager when the Saints welcome a rejuvenated Arsenal side to St Mary's.


After falling to a 1-0 defeat against fellow Premier League strugglers Cardiff in his opening game as boss, Hasenhuttl will hope the extra week with his players has given him a bit more time to embed his ideas and philosophies. 


With the Saints currently in the relegation zone and three points off safety, the man known as the 'Alpine Klopp' will hope he can kickstart his managerial career at the club with a positive result against the Gunners. 


With this in mind, here is a look at the best potential Southampton lineup Hasenhuttl could put out on Sunday afternoon. 

3. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Alex McCarthy (GK) - The former Reading goalkeeper has firmly established himself as Southampton's number one and was rewarded for his fine form this season with his first England cap when the Three Lions took on the USA in November.


Jack Stephens (RB) - With first-choice right-back Cedric ruled out injured, and 19-year-old Yan Valery taken off at half-time against Cardiff, Stephens may find himself deputising in an unfamiliar position on Sunday.


Maya Yoshida (CB) - Whilst Jan Bednarek got the nod last time out, Hasenhuttl may opt for the experience of Yoshida as one of his centre-backs as they look to stifle a potent Arsenal attack. 


Jannik Vestergaard (CB) - The giant Dane stands at 6ft 7in tall and is recognised as the tallest outfield player in the Premier League. With his height, Vestergaard will fancy his chances at set-pieces at the weekend.


Matt Targett (LB) - With Ryan Bertrand expected to miss another game, Targett will continue at left-back for Southampton. A product of the Southampton academy, the 23-year-old joined the Saints when he was just eight and has filled in capably for his teammate.

2. Midfielders

Oriol Romeu (CDM) - The tough-tackling defensive midfielder offers a shield to the Southampton defence and has been instrumental in the side's relative success over the past few years. After a disappointing season by his own standards, the Spaniard will hope his performances pick up under the new manager. 


Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) - The former Bayern Munich midfielder is a real engine in midfield and his box-to-box style has already seen him score twice this season for the Saints.


Mario Lemina (CM) - Formerly of Serie A giants Juventus, the Gabon international has all the tools to become a dominant central midfielder. However, his off the field antics (including a speeding fine in September), have threatened to take his focus off football and Hasenhuttl will have to make sure Lemina gets back to proving his footballing talent. 

1. Forwards

Stuart Armstrong (LW) - The real surprise package of the season for Southampton, Armstrong has already chipped in with three goals since his move from Scottish champions Celtic in the summer. 


Nathan Redmond (RW) - A dynamic winger on his day, Redmond's lack of consistency has let him down time and time again. Under the more progressive coaching of Hasenhuttl however, the one-cap England international may reignite his stalling career. 


Charlie Austin (ST) - A usually prolific finisher in front of goal, Southampton's disappointing run of form has rubbed off on Austin. With just one Premier League goal to his name, the striker has suffered from a lack of service and a loss of confidence, but will hope he impresses the new manager on Sunday.