Arsenal hope to get a defender back against Southampton, club legend Nigel Winterburn says missing out on UEFA Champions League football would be disappointing
Meanwhile, former Gunners left back Nigel Winterburn has told Nuno Tavares that he has a lot to learn as he gets set for an extended run in the first team with starter Kieran Tierney out injured.
Tavares joined from Benfica in the summer and started off well but has struggled in recent months, including last week’s defeat to Crystal Palace.
Winterburn also believes it would be disappointing for his former club to finish outside the top four at the end of the season.
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Arsenal head into a must-win game against Southampton with a number of question marks over the fitness of first-team players.
With back to back defeats the past week, Mikel Arteta’s side will be keen to avoid losing three on the spin as the race for top four hots up.
Getting key players back will be crucial to any hopes the Gunners have of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season and there is hope one player will make his return this weekend.
There are also updates on the potential long-term injuries to Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney.
Winterburn’s Tavares message
In the absence of Kieran Tierney at left back, summer signing Nuno Tavares has stepped up to varying degrees of success.
At the start of the season Tavares equipped himself well and looked like a shrewd signing from Benfica. But recent performances have been far from ideal and was largely to blame for both of Crystal Palace’s first-half goals last week, leading to him being withdrawn at the break.
Former Gunner Nigel Winterburn has said that Tavares has a lot of learning to do defensively.
Ex-Gunner’s top four claim
Arsenal have eight games left to turn their season around and finish fourth, they are currently fifth and three points behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand.
Two defeats in a row have allowed Spurs to catch up and overtake the Gunners, who had their own destiny in their hands. While winning their game in hand won’t see them leapfrog Tottenham, the two sides meet later on this season in what could be the deciding factor in the race for top four.
And ex-defender Winterburn has said it would be a ‘disappointment’ to miss out on fourth place given how the season was shaping up.