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Gabriel Magalhães
Gabriel Martinelli
3 - 0
M. Ødegaard
K. Tierney
2 - 0
A. Lacazette
B. Saka
1 - 0
B. Saka
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Gabriel Magalhães
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61% 38%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 6
Total Passes 507 320
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That's all from the Emirates Stadium today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
There is little time to reflect on a disheartening defeat for Southampton, as they must now cross the capital for a Wednesday night clash with Crystal Palace, while Arsenal will look to rebuild the momentum lost during recent weeks by winning what is sure to be a hotly contested London derby with West Ham.
Due to a combination of relatively clinical finishing - compared to a lightweight Saints side - and Ramsdale's sharp reflexes, Arsenal run out comfortable winners at the Emirates, prolonging their decades-long dominance over the visitors. In the self-inflicted absence of Aubameyang, the Gunners turned to alternative sources for their three goals - a tally which could have been doubled considering they also hit the post twice and had one ruled out for a marginal offside. Southampton will be concerned that their early brightness faded so quickly upon conceding the opener, and the game was over as a contest when the second went in just before the half-hour mark.
90' + 1' In the first of three minutes of stoppage time, Arsenal are simply seeing out the game until the final whistle.
89' Replicating the move that saw him strike the post earlier in the half, Saka cuts inside to take a shot at goal from the edge of the box, which is deflected comfortably wide. However, no corner is awarded.
88' Southampton are still camped inside their own defensive third, having decided that damage limitation was the best course of action following the third Gunners goal.
86' Arsenal are now set to be unbeaten in their last 28 Premier League home games in the traditional Saturday kick-off slot, a streak dating back to their 3-1 loss versus Aston Villa on the opening day of the 2013-14 season.
84' Amid driving rain in North London, Partey steps forward to thump a wayward shot off target for the Gunners.
N. Pépé
A. Lacazette
83' Given a warm reception by the home fans, Lacazette comes off and will be replaced by Pepe. That's Arsenal's third and final change.
82' The game is now tapering down to its conclusion, as both sides already appear to be looking ahead to a packed fixture schedule over the coming weeks.
A. Lokonga
G. Xhaka
80' For the final few minutes, Xhaka is rested and Lokonga comes into the Arsenal midfield.
78' Now resigned to defeat today, Southampton have won just two of their 45 away league fixtures at Arsenal - with their last triumph coming in 1987 at Highbury.
76' Ramsdale has been heavily involved again today for Arsenal, and now has less than 20 minutes left to secure a seventh clean sheet of the season.
74' CLOSE! Tella again lacks power and purpose in his shooting, allowing Ramsdale to get down to his right and palm away a 20-yard effort from the centre of the goal. Saints are creeping back into this, but it is all too late.
72' SAVE! Ramsdale reacts quickly to tip the ball over one-handed from a Redmond drive, which comes at him quickly from the left side of the box.
71' In search of stability, Saints have apparently switched to a three-man defence, as Lyanco slots in alongside Stephens and Bednarek at the back.
R. Holding
Gabriel Magalhães
70' On a booking from earlier in the game, Gabriel can now reflect on his goal from the sidelines, as Holding replaces him in defence.
A. Broja
70' Looking restricted by a possible hamstring issue, Broja is taken off by Hasenhuttl, and Lyanco comes on to bolster the defence.
66' OFF THE POST! Arsenal strike the woodwork again, as Saka cuts in from the right and unleashes a shot which thunders against the post and away to safety. The home fans are enjoying this, and the pressure on the Southampton goal is relentless.
64' CLOSE! A delightful 20-yard effort from Martinelli strikes the outside of the post, shortly before Caballero has to dive full length to deny Tomiyasu. Southampton are falling apart here!
Gabriel Martinelli
62' Martinelli slings in a corner from the left, which eludes Caballero and finds the head of his compatriot Gabriel.
Gabriel Magalhães
62' ARSENAL GET A THIRD! Another inglorious moment for Caballero on his Saints debut sees the goalkeeper totally miss the ball from an inswinging corner, and Gabriel this time converts with his head from close range. Arsenal are cruising now, and lead 3-0 at the Emirates!
61' Martinelli's endeavour earns Arsenal a corner, following a deflection off the back-tracking Livramento.
59' After a brief check by the off-site officials, Gabriel's close-range strike is confirmed as being invalid, so it remains 2-0 to the Gunners.
57' Arsenal have a 'goal' ruled out, after Caballero flaps at the ball from an inswinging corner and Gabriel bundles it home - however the Brazilian defender seems to have been offside. The VAR will decide!
55' Looking likely to extend his record today, Arteta is unbeaten in all eight of his previous Premier League matches as a player or manager against Southampton.
53' SHARP STOP! Latching on to a ball over the top which catches Arsenal cold, Tella steadies himself for a left-footed shot from the left side of the box, but his driven effort is saved down low by the ever-ready Ramsdale.
51' At the end of another break, Saka finds Odegaard unmarked on the edge of the box, but he fires his shot well over the bar under pressure from a fast-closing Saints defence.
49' Both of Arsenal's full-backs are involved high up the pitch, with Tierney's deep cross ultimately finding Tomiyasu on the right, but the latter loses the ball and is forced to chase back and recover his mistake.
47' In a lively start to the second half for Arsenal, Xhaka skies a left-footed shot from outside the box high over Caballero's goal, following good work from Martinelli on the left.
46' We are back under way at the Emirates!
Reflecting a 'half of two halves', the two teams have come out almost equal in most of the key stats so far, including possession, shots on target and duels won. Nonetheless, Southampton's sequence of 22 winless Premier League matches at Arsenal - the longest by any club away from home in the competition's history - looks set to continue.
Despite a bold start from Southampton, their defensive frailties were exposed again, as Arsenal managed to slice through the visitors' rearguard repeatedly, even though short of top form themselves. Indeed, the Gunners looked shaky for the first 20 minutes - receiving two bookings for challenges that sought to stop Saints' attacks. Arteta's men are now in the driving seat though, and are strong favourites to continue their dominance in this fixture with a win.
45' + 2' With an accurate ball up from the back, Ramsdale picks out Martinelli, whose progress is only checked near the byline, earning Arsenal a corner.
45' Attempting to curl the ball into the near post from the free-kick, Ward-Prowse sees his effort flick the top of the wall and go out for a corner.
44' On the verge of first-half stoppage time, Partey concedes a free-kick on the left side of the Arsenal area. No doubt, Ward-Prowse will be interested in another attempt from 20 yards.
M. Elyounoussi
A. Armstrong
43' Armstrong limps off injured, offering Elyounoussi an opportunity to come on and enliven the Southampton attack.
41' For the second time in the last 10 minutes, Armstrong goes down clutching his calf. This time, it looks as though the Southampton striker cannot continue, and will have to be replaced.
39' SAVE! After giving the ball away to the Arsenal attack, Caballero does well to narrow the angle and blocks a powerful low shot from Saka at the near post. That could easily have been a third goal for the Gunners.
37' Odegaard smartly turns and lays the ball into the path of Lacazette 20 yards out from goal, but the Arsenal captain cannot take advantage by finishing the move and overruns the ball.
35' Southampton win another corner, as the ball goes behind off Gabriel, but the set-piece oppotunity ultimately comes to nothing.
33' After a spell where Arsenal repeatedly tore through the Saints' soft underbelly on the break, the tempo has dimmed at a drizzly Emirates Stadium.
31' Having lost 14 of their 18 Premier League away games since the turn of the year - not since 2004 have they lost more - Southampton have now conceded 49 away goals in 2021, surpassing the league record for a single year.
29' Lacazette takes the wrong option when charging through the centre of the wide open Saints defence, and opts to square the ball instead of shooting. His pass is cut out and Southampton survive.
M. Ødegaard
27' ARSENAL DOUBLE THEIR ADVANTAGE! Following a period of pinball in the Southampton box, Odegaard applies the finishing touch with a header from close range. The visitors were at fault for their calamitous defending, but the Gunners have been clinical in taking their two chances so far. Arsenal 2-0 Southampton!
K. Tierney
27' As the ball bobbled around in the Southampton area, Tierney steered the ball into Odegaard's path with a headed pass.
25' Arsenal are starting to grow into the match, as Southampton start to drop off a little. The goal has already changed this game.
23' Having made a good start by taking the lead, Arsenal are striving to win four successive home games in the Premier League for the first time in more than a year.
B. Saka
21' Ensuring Arsenal made the most of their first serious attack, Saka kept a cool head - pulling the ball across the box for Lacazette to open the scoring.
A. Lacazette
21' ARSENAL LEAD! On the counter, Arsenal spring into life, as Lacazette finishes off a swift move from inside their own half. The French forward sweeps the ball home from close range after a sharp cutback from the lightning-quick Saka. Against the run of play, Arsenal go 1-0 up!
20' Southampton's pressing on a vulnerable home side has kept them on the front foot, but they are yet to carve out a clear chance.
18' From a free-kick just on the edge of the area, on the left, Ward-Prowse overcooks his attempt, which dips over the top-right corner of Ramsdale's goal and behind.
B. Saka
Yellow Card
16' A second yellow for Arsenal arrives before the 20th minute, as Saka was caught out by Walker-Peters and clipped the full-back's heels when chasing back to cover.
14' Livramento requires medical attention just off the pitch, following a challenge with Martinelli. After a brief check over, he limps to his feet and eventually makes it back on to the field.
12' Ramsdale once again dives full length to tip the ball away, following Ward-Prowse's driven free-kick from around 25 yards. That's another corner for Saints.
11' Southampton's second corner comes to nothing, as Ward-Prowse's attempt at playing short ultimately ends in the ball running loose. However, Diallo wins a free-kick in the aftermath.
9' As Saints continue to build pressure, Gabriel has to intervene in a dangerous area when Livramento slides in a low cross from the right. The visitors are in command here and are clearly the more confident side.
7' SAVE! Having looked lively in the early stages, Armstrong tests Ramsdale with a powerful low shot to the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box. The England goalkeeper is equal to it and palms the ball away to safety.
6' Arsenal have invited pressure on themselves so far, and after surviving the game's first corner, give the ball away again in the defensive third.
5' Tella - an Arsenal academy product - drifts in off the flank, and finds himself in a shooting position 20 yards from goal. However, his attempt is scuffed and Ramsdale gathers easily.
Gabriel Magalhães
Yellow Card
3' For a lunging challenge on Broja out on the left flank, Gabriel goes into the referee's notebook and must play most of the 90 minutes on a yellow card.
2' Arsenal have never lost at home to Southampton in the Premier League: a total of 26 games without defeat. The Gunners' longest unbeaten home run against any team in the top flight is 27, so they can match that with a win or draw today.
1' Southampton get us under way in North London!
The players are out at an overcast Emirates Stadium, with kick-off just moments away!
Emergency signing Willy Caballero makes his Southampton debut in goal today, with Alex McCarthy ruled out with a hamstring injury and Fraser Forster already sidelined. Caballero, now aged 40, is given a first Premier League start for 14 months. Oriol Romeu and Mohamed Salisu are suspended for the away side, so Jack Stephens and Ibrahima Diallo come into the first XI.
Not for the first time, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - on a streak of six consecutive league appearances without scoring for the first time since 2014 - has been excluded from the Arsenal squad today for a disciplinary matter, as Alexandre Lacazette starts up front instead. Indeed, Mikel Arteta makes no changes from the side that started the loss to Everton, but Emile Smith Rowe is included on the bench after a groin problem kept him out in midweek. Gabriel Martinelli is available to start despite being withdrawn injured at Goodison Park.
SUBS: Harry Lewis, Lyanco, Moussa Djenepo, Yan Valery, Theo Walcott, Shane Long, Romain Perraud, Will Smallbone, Mohamed Elyounoussi.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): Willy Caballero; Valentino Livramento, Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek, Kyle Walker-Peters; Nathan Redmond, Ibrahima Diallo, James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Tella; Adam Armstrong, Armando Broja.
SUBS: Arthur Okonkwo, Emile Smith Rowe, Nicolas Pepe, Rob Holding, Nuno Tavares, Eddie Nketiah, Cedric Soares, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Albert Sambi Lokonga.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, Kieran Tierney; Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka; Alexandre Lacazette.
Southampton's south-coast clash with Brighton last week ended in a 1-1 draw, as the visitors denied Saints a first win since early November with an equaliser eight minutes into stoppage time. Therefore, Saints have drawn two and lost two of their last four in the Premier League ahead of today's trip to north London, occupying 16th place in the table as a result. While they remain six points above 18th-placed Burnley, Ralph Hasenhuttl's side have played a game more.
Arsenal return to home soil today, with the aim of bouncing back from a pair of defeats since the start of the month - the most recent being a 2-1 loss at Everton in midweek. That result has seen the capital club slip to seventh in the Premier League table, but still just four points off the top four. Ahead of kick-off, the Gunners have won seven of their last eight matches at the Emirates, including each of their last three in the top flight.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of today's Premier League encounter between Arsenal and Southampton, from the Emirates Stadium!