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Arsenal handed double boost ahead of Southampton FA Cup tie

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Arsenal has been handed double boost as midfielder Dani Ceballos could be available for the FA Cup fourth-round tie with Southampton this weekend.

The midfielder, who is on loan from Real Madrid, missed Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Newcastle United on Monday night, with the Gunners stating that his absence was a precaution due to a tight calf.

Arsenal confirmed that Ceballos would be assessed ahead of the game on Saturday, and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will be hopeful of having the Spaniard available for the clash with Southampton at St Mary’s – the first of two games between the two sides in the next few days.

The 24-year-old has played 24 times for Arsenal this season in all competitions, with Ceballos becoming a regular in Arteta’s matchday squad.

Manchester City’s Spanish assistant manager Mikel Arteta takes his seat for the UEFA Champions League football Group C match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on November 26, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

His return would be a boost to Arteta and Arsenal, giving him another option in central midfield, with Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, and Mohamed Elneny also set to be available for the game.

Arteta also confirmed that he expects forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to be involved against Saints, adding that he was “feeling good” after he was substituted with a stomach problem in the 3-0 win against Newcastle on Monday.

But Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is likely to miss the FA Cup tie with a mild calf strain.

The Gunners have confirmed that he is progressing well in his recovery and is aiming to be back in full training next week, although there is no indication as yet as to whether he will be fit to face Saints in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

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