Saints fall to Arsenal defeat

premier-league Emirates Stadium | Sat 11 Dec 3PM | Attendance: 59,653
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ARS vs SOU
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ARS vs SOU As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Southampton fall to a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal
  • Lacazette, Ødergaard and Gabriel all on the scoresheet for the hosts 
  • Willy Caballero featured as he made his Southampton debut
  • HALF TIME: Arsenal 2-0 Saintts

FULL TIME: Arsenal 3-0 Saints

A disappointing afternoon on the road for Southampton who fall to a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal. Goals from Lacazette, Ødergaard and Gabriel ensured the hosts a comprehensive victory at the Emirates. Tough to take for Ralph Hasenhüttl's side, who now travel to Crystal Palace in the league on Wednesday. 

+2’

Saka close to Arsenal's fourth

Ødergaard slips in Saka who is clear as he heads into the box, the England international releases a shot goalwards but Caballero gets a fingertip touch to deflect it behind. Cabellero's intervention goes unnoticed by the referee as the goal kick is awarded. 

88’

No intensity 

Both sides have stopped pressing as the clock winds down to 90 minutes, there was some belief in Saints for a while but that seems to have evaded them with just minutes left to play. A disappointing day at the office. 

82’

Arsenal substitution: Nicolas Pépé replaces Alexandre Lacazette

80’

Arsenal substitution: Albert Sambi Lokonga replaces Granit Xhaka

74’

Tella on Target

A powerful, low shot is fired from the feet of Tella but Ramsdale gets low and pushes the ball behind for a corner. 

Redmond forces Ramsdale save

Some nice work again from Tella who breezes forward with the ball, it ends up at the feet of Redmond who manages to release a shot despite being surrounded by men in red but Ramsdale is there to make a fingertip save to edge it over the crossbar. 

71’

Southampton substitution: Lyanco replaces Armando Broja

Defensive reenforcements for Saints as Hasenhüttl brings on Lyanco in place of Broja, who appears to have picked up a slight knock. 

70’

Arsenal substitution: Rob Holding replaces Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães

Mikel Arteta makes his first substitution of the match. 

68’

More woodwork 

The Saints defence is truly being tested here as Arsenal continue to pile on the pressure in the box. This time Saka looks to find the back of the net as the ball dribbles past Caballero but thankfully for Saints the ball rattles off the post. 

67’

Arsenal in the mood

Another fantastic opportunity for Arsenal to add to their tally as Tomiyasu fires a powerful header goalwards from the corner but quick thinking from Caballero allows him to make the save. 

65’

denied by the post

A curling strike from Martinelli looks as though it's heading into the back of the net but Sains are saved by the right post as the ball bounces off of it. Ødergaard is there on the rebound but his strike is blocked by Walker-Peters as the ball goes behind for another Arsenal corner. 

Gabriel nets the third

There's no doubt about that one. Just moments after he was denied by the offside flag, Gabriel finds the back of the net from the corner for Arsenal who now have a three goal advantage. 

61’

GOAL

Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães (61’) | 3 0

60’

VAR Decision: Goal not awarded for Arsenal [Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães] was confirmed

No hesitation from the linesman who raised his flag just seconds after Gabriel bundled the ball into the back of the net. Arsenal close to a third, but VAR ensures their lead remains at two. 

59’

Arsenal denied 

Another Arsenal attack sees Partey find Ødergaard who then knocks the ball on for Martinelli but Stephens is there to make a crucial block and send the ball behind for an Arsenal corner. 

54’

Tella showing his flair

Tella makes a charge down the left flank for Saints and fires a low ball into the path of Ramsdale who gets the block, it's deflected back out but unfortunately for Saints there's nobody in the box waiting for the rebound and Arsenal safely clear. 

53’

Arsenal on the counter

Again Arsenal look to score from the counter, this time it's Ødergaard who takes aim after some nice work in midfield from Partey and Saka. His shot goes over Caballero's goal, though. 

51’

Finding rhythm 

A similar start to the second half to that of the first has both teams work their way back into this match. Saints look to attack but the hosts put in a resolute defensive performance to limit the visitors chances. 

45’

Back to it in North London!

After. a difficult first-half, Saints will be looking for an early goal to get them back into this fixture. 

HALF TIME: Arsenal 2-0 Saints

It's been a disappointing first half for Ralph Hasenhüttl's men. It looked as though they were on the front foot for a while before Lacazette's strike saw Arsenal grab hold of the match, with Ødergaard adding a second shortly after. A big second-half needed for Saints. Let's go 🤞

45’

Three additional minutes ...

Still time for Saints to get a goal back in this first half, with Tella winning a free-kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the box. 

44’

Livramento looking fierce

Livramento makes a beautiful charge down the right hand side, something we've become accustom to since the youngster joined in the summer. It looks promising but the ball just gets away from him as he approaches Ramsdale and the ball rolls behind for a goal kick. 

42’

Southampton substitution: Mohamed Elyounoussi replaces Adam Armstrong

A disappointing sight for Saints fans as Ralph Hasenhüttl is forced to make an early change as Elyounoussi comes on for an injured Armstrong. 

41’

Huge interception from Walker-Peters

In true Arsenal fashion they're looking increasingly dangerous on the counter-attack. Xhaka finds the feet of Ødergaard who does well to find Lacazette on the run down the middle, he skips past a number of the Saints defence before Walker-Peters intercepts to clear the immediate threat. 

37’

Saints searching 

Saints are desperately trying to find a way back into the game with the feeling they need to score before the break if they're going to claim something from this tie. Redmond whips in a promising ball into the box but Gabriel is there to clear for the hosts. 

31’

Arsenal close to a third

Another opportunity for Arsenal to add to their tally as they've really found their feet in this game. There's some nice play between Martinelli and Lacazette but the Southampton defence is there to make a crucial clearance.

Ødergaard gets Arsenal's second

That first goal really sprung the hosts into life as they add a second just minutes later. It's a good team move from Mikel Arteta's men who move the ball around the box nicely before Ødergaard heads home. 

26’

GOAL

Martin Ødegaard (26’) | 2 0

Lacazette strikes Arsenal in front

It's against the run of play but Arsenal find themselves in front at Emirates Stadium as Lacazette fires a sublime strike into the back of the net. A fantastic run down the wing from Saka followed by an inch perfect pass to provide the assist. 

20’

GOAL

Alexandre Lacazette (20’) | 1 0

18’

CLOSE 😳

Ward-Prowse loops in a fantastic curling ball which looks as though it's heading for the top right hand corner but it comes down a little too late and goes wide. 

17’

Free-kick for Saints in a dangerous position 

Saka goes in for the challenge on Walker-Peters who is flying down the left flank and Saints are awarded a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. Dangerous territory. 

16’

Livramento makes vital interception

Arsenal make their first real threat of the game as they surge forward through Martinelli, Livramento is there to make a crucial interception for the visitors before the ball goes behind for an Arsenal corner. A slight break in play follows as Livramento receives treatment but he's given the all clear to continue. 

13’

Ward-Prowse sets sight on goal

Saints are awarded a free-kick from range, Ward-Prowse steps up to the set piece and fires a shot goalwards, it falls low for Ramsdale who gets a glove to it to push it behind for a corner. 

11’

Armstrong forces Ramsdale save

Armstrong is the next player to try his luck early on, dancing through the penalty area and past White before attempting to tap the ball in at the near post but Ramsdale gets a hand to it to clear for the hosts. 

10’

Saints surge forward

A couple of early chances for Saints who take advantage of a scattered Arsenal defence. Tella surges forward with the ball before releasing a shot from the edge of the penalty area but it's easily saved by Ramsdale. 

6’

Yellow Card for Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães (Arsenal)

Gabriel finds himself in the book for a rash challenge on Broja. 

1’

Underway in the capital! 

The action has commenced in North London. Come on you Saints!

Touchdown: Emirates Stadium 📍

Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse join the rest of the team on the pitch at the Emirates as they survey today's surface.

14.40

Arsenal line-up confirmed

Starting XI: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Ødergaard, Martinelli, Lacazette.

Subs: Okonkwo, Holding, Cedric, Tavares, Lokonga, Maitland-Niles, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Nketiah. 

14.05

Saints line-up confirmed 😇

Starting XI: Caballero, Livramento, Stephens, Bednarek, Walker-Peters, Diallo, Ward-Prowse [c], Redmond, Tella, Armstrong, Broja. 
Subs: Lewis, Valery, Lyanco, Perraud, Smallbone, Djenepo, Elyounoussi, Walcott, Long. 

14.00

FLASHBACK | Arsenal 1-1 Saints

It was an entertaining day at the office the last time Ralph Hasenhüttl's side traveled to the Emirates. 

13.45

Behind the scenes @ Staplewood 📸

It's been a busy week of preparations for Ralph Hasenhüttl's side as Willy Cabellero comes in to replace the injured Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster. 

13.18

They are a really dynamic, progressive, forward-thinking team. A very dangerous team."

mikel arteta
on ralph hasenhüttl's southampton
13.00

FLASHBACK: Saints 1-0 Arsenal 😇

Throwing it back to January when Saints claimed a 1-0 victory over Arsenal to secure their progression to the fifth round of the FA Cup. And yes, we're still claiming it as a Kyle Walker-Peters goal 👀

12.47

They have a very good side and have found their shape. This is a tough challenge for us, at home they are strong. "We need to have a good performance and have shown this against the top teams this season also so we can go there with self-confidence.”

ralph hasenhüttl
on arsenal challenge
12.30

MATCH PACK: Arsenal vs Saints

Take a look at our Match Pack ahead of today's trip to Emirates Stadium for all the stats and facts. 

12.15

Welcome to Emirates Stadium 👋

It's matchday in the capital as Southampton take on Arsenal in the Premier League. Willy Caballero is set to make his Saints debut as the short term loanee steps in for injured Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster. Victory today would be huge for either side as they look to climb the Premier League table. Come on you Saints!

11.38
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SQUAD �� Who are you looking forward to see on the pitch, Saints fans?

SQUAD �� Who are you looking forward to see on the pitch, Saints fans?

The results so far:

  • Willy Caballero
    53%
  • Jack Stephens
    30%
  • Ibrahima Diallo
    16%

ARS vs SOU Line Ups

Arsenal

32
Aaron Ramsdale (GK)
4
Benjamin White
3
Kieran Tierney
18
Takehiro Tomiyasu
6
Gabriel Magalhães yellow card goal
replace Rob Holding (70′)
7
Bukayo Saka yellow card
34
Granit Xhaka
replace Albert Sambi Lokonga (81′)
5
Thomas Partey
35
Gabriel Martinelli
9
Alexandre Lacazette (C) goal
replace Nicolas Pépé (83′)
8
Martin Ødegaard goal
17
Cédric Soares
15
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
23
Albert Sambi Lokonga
33
Arthur Okonkwo
10
Emile Smith Rowe
19
Nicolas Pépé
16
Rob Holding
20
Nuno Tavares
30
Eddie Nketiah

Southampton

13
Willy Caballero (GK)
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
35
Jan Bednarek
21
Valentino Livramento
5
Jack Stephens
11
Nathan Redmond
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
23
Nathan Tella
27
Ibrahima Diallo
9
Adam Armstrong
replace Mohamed Elyounoussi (43′)
18
Armando Broja
replace Lyanco (70′)
4
Lyanco
19
Moussa Djenepo
43
Yan Valery
32
Theo Walcott
7
Shane Long
41
Harry Lewis
15
Romain Perraud
20
William Smallbone
24
Mohamed Elyounoussi

ARS vs SOU Match Stats

Arsenal

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    61
    comparison angle
    39
  • Shots
    15
    comparison angle
    11
  • Shots on target
    5
    comparison angle
    6
  • Corners
    9
    comparison angle
    8
  • Passes Complete
    405
    comparison angle
    237

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Shots On Target
3
Nathan Tella
Nathan Tella
chances created
Chances Created
2
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
passes completed
Passes Completed
42
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
tackles
Tackles
3
Kyle Walker-Peters
Kyle Walker-Peters
clearances
Clearances
10
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
saves
Saves
2
Willy Caballero