Arsenal ensured that the absence of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang did not affect them as they produced one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Premier League. His stand-in replacement Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring in the 21st minute before they doubled their lead six minutes later through Martin Odegaard. Gabriel Magalhaes scored in the second half to seal the three points for the Gunners.
Arsenal: Ramsdale (8), Tomiyasu (7), White (6), Gabriel (8), Tierney (7), Partey (7), Xhaka (6), Saka (7), Odegaard (7), Martinelli (8), Lacazette (7).
Subs: Holding (6), Lokonga (n/a), Pepe (n/a).
Southampton: Caballero (5), Livramento (6), Bednarek (5), Stephens (6), Walker-Peters (6), Redmond (6), Ward-Prowse (7), Diallo (6), Tella (7), Broja (6), Armstrong (6).
Subs: Elyounoussi (6), Lyanco (6).
Man of the match: Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “I’m very pleased. After a difficult period, we had two defeats where I don’t think we deserved to lose the games, but we did.” he added. “We started the game a little bit nervy, you could tell that we were carrying that feeling still, but we finished strong.”
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “I think the signs before the game wasn’t the best with players out with injuries. We tried, in the beginning, to be brave and play well. We concede in the first 15 minutes with their first chance. You could see the quality they had.” he added. “We tried to score in the second half. But you can see the confidence they had after a second goal and a third goal. Overall, there was nothing to get for us today. I think the first goal was an easy goal how we conceded it. The other two were from headers. In the end, it was absolutely a deserved win for Arsenal. We have to pick up the points somewhere else.”
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