Arsenal face injury-ravaged Southampton with former Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero, 40, in goal after emergency transfer

ARSENAL are set to face veteran goalkeeper Willy Caballero when they take on Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

The Saints signed the Argentine earlier this week following an injury crisis between the sticks.

First choice Alex McCarthy is out with a thigh injury, while deputy Fraser Forster is also missing.

Southampton could call upon under-23s goalkeeper Harry Lewis, 23, with the homegrown stopper having made three first-team outings for the club – all in the 2016-17 season.

But boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is more likely to turn to 40-year-old Caballero, who had been training with League One side AFC Wimbledon since his exit from Chelsea in the summer.

Asked if the former Manchester City and Blues stopper would start, the Austrian said: "Yes, it is likely possible.

“Alex is out for three-four weeks. Fraser tried this week but it is still a little bit too early for him.

"So he will not make it to the game and that is the reason why we signed Willy and we are happy to have him here."

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Caballero is no stranger to Premier League football.

He made 48 appearances for Man City between 2014 and 2017 – deputising for both Joe Hart and Claudio Bravo.

Following his Etihad release he joined Chelsea – going on to play 38 times for the Blues as back-up to Thibaut Courtois and then Kepa Arrizabalaga.

His most recent appearance came in the 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion last season, with the West Londoners subsequently signing Edouard Mendy.

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