Ralph Hasenhuttl will take action Willy Caballero his Southampton made his Arsenal debut after being upgraded by the former Manchester City and Chelsea goalkeeper with video clips of how his side played.
Caballero, 40, who has been training with AFC Wimbledon to stay fit since leaving Chelsea in the summer – signed a short-term contract on Monday with Saints goalkeepers Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster both seated. out of trauma.
Harry Lewis was benched in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Brighton, but the 23-year-old academy graduate is yet to make his Premier League debut.
“Alex will be off for three to four weeks,” Hasenhuttl said ahead of Saturday’s trip to north London. “Fraser tried this week but it was a bit early for him. That’s why we signed Willy and we’re delighted to have him here.
“We worked with him on some information, video clips, so he knows how he has to play with the ball and against the ball. It’s important for a goalkeeper.
“He’s a smart guy, he’s fit and ready to help us and this is what we need now.”
Argentina international Caballero moved from Malaga to Manchester City in 2014 and spent three years at the Etihad Stadium.
He spent four years at Chelsea, adding just 38 appearances out of the 48 he made in Manchester.
But Caballero is used to winning the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup all on his CV.
Hasenhuttl said: “We looked at a few options and he was the best fit for us.
“He has experience, he holds the ball well, he knows how to play attacking from the back, how to stay high and defend behind high defences at times.
“He’s a good package for us and hopefully he’s at the level we need against Arsenal at the weekend.
“He is also a goalkeeper who has made some saves. We will try not to give them many chances and hopefully it will be a good performance.”
Hasenhuttl, who will welcome back defender Jan Bednarek but has fitness concerns for striker Che Adams, insists Southampton are maintaining “very harsh” protocols to protect from the spread of coronavirus.
Tottenham’s Europa Conference League match against Rennes on Thursday has been postponed following the coronavirus outbreak at the London club, while Leicester will be without a number of players for the Europa League tie against Napoli because of Covid-19 .
“We didn’t change anything because I think our rules and restrictions are very harsh,” Hasenhuttl said.
“They are definitely near their highest level since the beginning of the pandemic. There are still not many people in the building, we still wear masks and we are very careful about social distancing in any room.
“We also have a very high vaccination rate, booster, all the things you have to do if you want to be aware and not lose 13 or more people to the virus.”
Hasenhuttl added that other health and safety measures have been taken at the club, saying: “We had a situation where the players went out to dinner. We had some problems with this dinner and we have been trying to avoid these for a long time.
“We also had the behavior of players meeting after a game with families, and we stopped.
“Not at the moment. We have to be very careful not to run any risk of losing a player to the virus.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/ralph-hasenhuttl-willy-caballero-arsenal-afc-wimbledon-alex-mccarthy-b1972972.html Southampton team news: Willy Caballero set to make his debut against Arsenal