Arsenal labored but got the job done Wednesday against Southampton in their quest to retain their CL qualification streak. Still nine points to be won, though, so Arsenal aren’t in a place where they can take their foot off the gas. Dropping any one of those nine points means that, regardless of other results that might have helped, Thursday Night Channel Five next season is the reality with which they’ll be faced.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9.30AM PT/12.30PM ET/5.30PM BT
Britannia Stadium, Stoke
Fourth Place Trophy Watch:
See above re: winning and its lack of viable alternative
Ox is still struggling with a hamstring issue (described as “tightness” rather than as an actual injury after Wednesday) and is uncertain for Saturday. Kos should be back, though, which probably pushes Gabriel to the bench.
Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Holding; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Gibbs; Özil, Alexis; Giroud
How to watch: