Saints' away run ends at Arsenal

Emirates Stadium | Sun 24 Feb 2.05PM | Attendance: 59,877
Match Report Highlights

Arsenal vs Saints
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Arsenal vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints beaten at the Emirates
  • Lacazette and Mkhitaryan put Gunners 2-0 up inside 30 minutes 
  • Lacazette misses pair of clear chances to extend advantage
  • Ward-Prowse and Targett denied by Leno in second half

FULL-TIME: Arsenal 2-0 Saints

Early goals from Lacazette and Mkhitaryan made this mighty difficult for Saints who couldn't overturn the deficit. The three points go to Arsenal. 

89’

On Targett...Leno saves

Matt Targett shows fine technique to get his knee over a half-volley from the edge of the box, it's struck sweetly and Leno is across to claw the ball out from the top corner. 

87’

Bednarek from nowhere

Jan Bednarek always finds a way to get his body in the way: the Pole slides in to deny Aubameyang after the Arsenal man had skirted across the Saints penalty area unchallenged.

85’

What a save, Angus 👏

Özil's impudent flick around the corner sends Aubameyand through on goal and the Gabon striker's deflected cross/shot is somehow kept out by the legs of Gunn who was diving in the opposite direction.

One of those afternoons...

Still no way through for Saints who have significantly improved in the second half. Although is has to be said, Arsenal have been happy to sit on their two-goal lead.

76’

Ward-Prowse shot, Kolasinac block

Great work from Højbjerg here: the Dane steams into the Arsenal box from deep and crosses for Ward-Prowse whose half-volley cannons off Kolasinac and away to safety. That was heading in...

74’

Arsenal substitution: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaces Alex Iwobi

Aubameyang is on for Iwobi whose injury had prompted Unai Emery to change his mind about replacing Lacazette.

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71’

Højbjerg shot deflected wide

A roar from the away fans as Højbjerg's half-volley is deflected behind for a corner right in front of them. Austin's looping header almost catches Leno out from the follow-up. 

64’

Southampton substitution: Mohamed Elyounoussi replaces Michael Obafemi

A disappointing early end to Obafemi's return to action. He went down clutching his hamstring. Moi Elyounoussi is on for Saints.

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62’

Arsenal substitution: Mesut Özil replaces Aaron Ramsey

The Emirates crowd is on its feet as Mesut Özil takes the place of Ramsey.

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61’

Iwobi threatening

The Nigerian's dancing feet cause problems for Yan Valery down the right, twice crosses flash past Angus Gunn's goal through the six-yard box with no Arsenal players there to convert.

Searching for an opening

An improved spell here for Saints after the break but Arsenal look to be getting a grip on the game once more, at least in terms of possession...

SO CLOSE, PROWSEY!

A bizarre attempted clearance from Xhaka turns into a perfect pass for Ward-Prowse who controls on his chest and CRUSHES a shot just past Leno's left-hand post. BIG chance. 

HT

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Jack Stephens

...and serial scorer against Arsenal, Charlie Austin. He is on for Jack Stephens which means a change to four in defence for Saints.

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HT

Southampton substitution: Michael Obafemi replaces Stuart Armstrong

Two half-time changes for Saints, the first sees Michael Obafemi make his first appearance since 23 December at Huddersfield...

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HALF-TIME: Arsenal 2-0 Saints

Arsenal end the half on top and ought to have added a goal or two more. Some bright attacking spots for Saints but we've got an awful lot to do in the second half. 

42’

Gunn with the legs on Lacazette (again)

Kolasinac and Lacazette combine again for the Frenchman to slam a shot into the legs of Gunn from the edge of the penalty amidst a crowd of red and yellow shirts. 

40’

Big miss from Lacazette

Should be 3-0. Kolasinac comes from nowhere to steal a loose ball away from Romeu and tee up Lacazette who, from inside the six-yard box, somehow skies his shot clean over the bar. 

38’

Gunn saves from Lacazette

Lacazette meets Xhaka's corner from the right with a glancing header which is comfortably held by Angus Gunn.

Action shots from the Emirates

Two chances, two goals for Arsenal. Just over 10 minutes to play before half-time.

26’

Bednarek 👏👏👏

Lacazette finds space down the right-hand channel and is primed to slot Arsenal into 3-0 lead before Bednarek superbly blocks his shot on the slide. 

23’

Promising play from Valery

Great work from Yan Valery down the right as the Frenchman glides forward, beats Kolasinac and Torreira with a drag-back and wins Saints a corner. The resulting delivery is headed clear.

GOAL: Arsenal 2-0 Saints (Mkhitaryan)

Mistakes from Stephens and Gunn present the ball to Iwobi whose deflected pass across the area is side-footed into the net by Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the back post. 

16’

GOAL

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (16’) | 2 0

15’

Leno saves from Targett!

...Saints recycle the ball back to Targett again and the full-back's firmly-struck shot is pushed out by Leno with Armstrong and Redmond sniffing around for rebounds.

14’

Armstrong header blocked!

Strong response to going behind: Targett's cross is headed back into danger by Redmond and Armstrong's header is blocked on the line! 

9’

Xhaka curls over the bar

Patient play from Arsenal who eventually feed the ball back to Granit Xhaka on the edge of the box. "SHOOOOT" is the cry from the home fans and he obliges, curling just over the crossbar with his left foot.

GOAL: Arsenal 1-0 Saints (Lacazette)

Such fine margins. Moments after Redmond's shot was saved, Arsenal charge up the other end and fortuitously open the scoring; Mkhitaryan's shot is hit into the path of Lacazette who steers in from six yards out. 

6’

GOAL

Alexandre Lacazette (6’) | 1 0

6’

LENO DENIES REDMOND! 😖

What a chance this is: Valery's clipped ball in behind is chased down by Redmond who cuts back on to his left foot and sees his shot blocked by Arsenal's Leno at close range.

3’

Bright start from Saints

Saints on the front foot in these early exchanges with Nathan Redmond twice causing concern for Sokratis with his pace in behind the Greek defender.

0’

SHOWTIME! 

Away we go at the Emirates Stadium with Saints kicking from right to left as we look in the first half. LET'S DO THIS, YELLOWS! 

Steve Grant

Game 60, Arsenal v Southampton, Premier League #saintsfc #saintsaway #premierleague #epl #football #arsenal

14.04

🔟 to go...

Not long to go now until the end of what has been a very long wait since Saints' last taste of Premier League action. As it happens, this man has scored in every one of his five appearances against the Gunners. Second-half sub winner?

13.56

Valery: We have worked really hard

No stone was left unturned during Saints' training camp in Tenerife according to Yan Valery. The Frenchman has been speaking ahead of today's game at the Emirates...

13.42

Liking that line up, Saints?

So, THREE changes to the Saints side that lost at home to Cardiff just over two weeks ago. IN come Angus Gunn, Matt Targett and Stuart Armstrong...

OUT go Alex McCarthy, Ryan Bertrand and Shane Long. Youngsters Callum Slattery and Michael Obafemi make the bench. 

13.18
Southampton FC

Back between the sticks! 👐 Thoughts on today’s #SaintsFC starting line-up to face #Arsenal? ↔️👇

13.13

ARSENAL XI TO FACE SAINTS

ARSENAL XI: Leno; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Sokratis, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Torreira; Lacazette


SUBS: Cech, Koscielny, Özil, Aubameyang, Monreal, Suarez, Guendouzi. 

13.07

SAINTS XI TO FACE ARSENAL

SAINTS XI: Gunn; Stephens, Bednarek, Vestergaard; Valery, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Targett; Armstrong, Redmond. 

SUBS: McCarthy, Yoshida, Austin, Elyounoussi, Bertrand, Slattery, Obafemi.

13.05

Checking in!

Saints are in the building which means team news will be coming your way in just under FIVE minutes' time. There are a couple of surprises too...

13.01
Francis Benali

#mattletissier on driving duty! Heading the the Emirates Stadium to watch @southamptonfc take on the Gunners 😇🙌🏼 #saintsfc

12.30

YELLOWS 💛💙

The greatest away colours of all time are out again today! 

12.28

📍 N7 7AJ

We've got the perfect February day for it here in north London with team news now just under ONE HOUR away...

12.05

Last time at the Emirates: Arsenal 3-2 Saints

Five goals, two red cards, a thriller at the Emirates in this fixture in April of last year. Same determination, different result the target today.

11.29

we will do everything to make the fans proud. i can guarantee the team will do everything to try and take something from the game. 

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton fc
11.22

The boss' full pre-match verdict

We caught up with Ralph Hasenhüttl in his office at Staplewood, where he set his sights on making a winning return to Premier League action at Emirates Stadium...


10.46

Armstrong boost

Obafemi isn't the only man who could give the Saints frontline an extra boost today. The good news was broken by Ralph Hasenhüttl in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon: "Stuart is back on the pitch and has had no problems for the last fortnight."  

10.45

#Obafemi2022

The other big news this week has been the new contract awarded to youngster Michael Obafemi. The striker has signed until 2022 and, after missing all of 2019 so far, is ready to make a first-team return for Saints. 

10.42

A long time in football...

Two weeks is a long time in football. A lot has happened since Saints' last league outing against Cardiff. The squad has been to Tenerife  and back for a warm weather training camp to right the wrongs of that bitterly disappointing afternoon at St Mary's. As far as timing goes, we could not have prepared better for this trip to the Emirates...

10.40

We know that we can be a visiting and be difficult to beat. i think we can take another clean sheet, as we did against chelsea.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton fc 
10.36

What a night...

An obvious place to start for our build-up to today's game. THE highlight of the Hasenhüttl era so far? A brace for Danny Ings and a late winner from Charlie Austin simply brought the roof off St Mary's...

10.35
Southampton FC

Marching to #Arsenal! 🔥 Let’s hear you #SaintsFC fans, wherever you are in the world today! 🌎👇

10.33

FINALLY!

It's been a long wait but we're finally back! 

Arsenal the opponents today at the Emirates. The first full week of training under Ralph Hasenhüttl earned Saints a huge 3-2 win over the Gunners in December. Two weeks in Tenerife precede today's game...6-4, anyone? Team news, pre-match stats and of course all the action from North London coming right up!

10.32

Arsenal vs Saints Line Ups

Arsenal

19
Bernd Leno (GK)
5
Sokratis
12
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Laurent Koscielny (56′)
31
Sead Kolasinac
20
Shkodran Mustafi
17
Alex Iwobi
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (75′)
11
Lucas Torreira
7
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
34
Granit Xhaka
8
Aaron Ramsey (C)
Mesut Özil (63′)
9
Alexandre Lacazette
10
Mesut Özil
22
Denis Suárez
29
Matteo Guendouzi
1
Petr Cech
6
Laurent Koscielny
14
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
18
Nacho Monreal

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
5
Jack Stephens
Charlie Austin (45′)
35
Jan Bednarek
4
Jannik Vestergaard
33
Matt Targett
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
16
James Ward-Prowse
14
Oriol Romeu
43
Yan Valery
22
Nathan Redmond
17
Stuart Armstrong
Michael Obafemi (45′) Mohamed Elyounoussi (65′)
1
Alex McCarthy
61
Michael Obafemi
10
Charlie Austin
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
55
Callum Slattery
3
Maya Yoshida
21
Ryan Bertrand

Arsenal vs Saints Match Stats

Arsenal

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    62
    38
  • Shots
    12
    10
  • Shots on target
    4
    4
  • Corners
    6
    4
  • Passes Complete
    477
    244

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
2
Matt Targett
Matt Targett
Chances Created
3
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Passes Completed
54
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
3
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Clearances
6
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Saves
3
Angus Gunn
Angus Gunn