Claude Puel says he is looking forward to welcoming his former manager, Arsène Wenger, to St Mary’s tomorrow.
Puel played under the Gunners boss when he was at Monaco, and will come up against him in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round this weekend.
The pair have gone head-to-head twice already this season – both at Emirates Stadium – with Arsenal winning the Premier League encounter 2-1, while Saints prevailed 2-0 in the EFL Cup.
"I have a lot of respect, of course, for my former trainer,” said Puel. "It’s a pleasure to see him again.
"For the last game, in the cup, it was good for us. I imagine he will come to Southampton with a strong will to take a good result.”
With Saints having a heavier January schedule than Arsenal, Puel says it will be a tough challenge for his side.
"We know it’s difficult, because with all the injuries and tired legs it’s difficult, but we are going to try,” he said.
"Arsenal for example didn’t play this week and can keep all their energy for this game, but we want to continue playing many games."