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imageSOUTHAMPTON: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal travel to a confident Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday determined to avenge their League Cup exit.

Claude Puel's underdogs won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in November in the League Cup and on Wednesday clinched their place in that competition's final by beating Liverpool.

Arsenal lifted the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015 and Wenger is keen for a Wembley return, meaning he will resist the temptation to make wholesale changes.

Theo Walcott returns to the Arsenal squad following injury, as do Per Mertesacker and Mathieu Debuchy, but Granit Xhaka is suspended.

"Southampton produced a fantastic performance at Liverpool so overall that makes the game even more interesting and more difficult as well," Wenger said.

"They are not short of confidence at the moment and will certainly have a big support, but it's an FA Cup game and we want to qualify.

"We'll put out a team with first-team experience. Maybe there will be one or two younger players, but no more."

Wenger praised Southampton for their ability to bring through talented youngsters in the past 10 years, with Arsenal duo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starting out at St Mary's, as did Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.

Southampton keep selling their best players, with Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane joining Liverpool and Tottenham buying Victor Wanyama, yet somehow always manage to remain competitive.

"They are certainly a football club in England who have done one of the best jobs on producing young players and on keeping the quality high despite losing big players," Wenger said.

"Overall, I think they've done a remarkable job because they were punished quite harshly because they went down to League One, but came up and since they've produced consistent results and quality games.

"I think it is a club where you can say 'really well done' because what they've done is remarkable."

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2017

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