Arsenal win against difficult Saints

Full-time result-

Southampton

Armstrong S. (3′)

1

3

Arsenal

Pepe N. (8′)
Saka B. (39′)
Lacazette A. (72′)

MATCH STATS

Ball Possession: 58% – 42%
Goal Attempts: 13 – 9
Shots on Goal: 5 – 5
Shots off Goal: 5 – 4
Blocked Shots: 3 – 0
Free Kicks: 9 – 14
Corner Kicks: 4 – 5
Offsides: 2 – 2
Goalkeeper Saves: 2 – 4
Fouls: 11 – 6
Red Cards: 0 – 0
Yellow Cards: 1 – 2
Total Passes: 493 – 353
Tackles: 17 – 15
Attacks: 108 – 102
Dangerous Attacks: 39 – 37

The Gunners came from behind at St. Mary’s stadium to grab a very much needed win after falling to a defeat in the FA cup last weekend to the same opponents. The Gunners were still without the services of Skipper, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who is still unavailable due to personal reasons and fullback, Kieran Tierney, who is nursing a minor injury.

Lacazette was guilty of an early miss just 50 seconds into the game when he was sent through on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat, but he fluffed his lines, and Saints goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy made a fine save. The miss would become costly as Southampton took the lead in the 3rd minute when Armstrong met Ward-Prowse corner with a thunderous half-volley at the edge of the penalty box to put the saints in front.

Arsenal replied almost immediately in the 8th minute when Granit Xhaka fed Nicholas Pepe with a neat through ball to finish into the bottom right corner of McCarthy’s goal to draw the Gunners level. From then on, it was an all attacking game from the Gunners. Emile Smith Rowe and Thomas Partey took control of the midfield amidst stiff competition from The Southampton midfielders but the Gunners pressure would pay off in the 38th minute when Bukayo Saka was fed with a beautiful one-time through pass from Alexandre Lacazette, with the youngster rounding McCarthy and firing into an empty net to put the Gunners ahead heading into the halftime break.

The second half began in the same fashion as the first, but this time it was more pressing from the Saints. Danny Ings danced his way through the Arsenal defense but was stopped by Leno for a goal kick. Arsenal got their 3rd goal when the lively Cedric Soares, deputizing for the sidelined Tierney, sent a crossfield pass down the right to Saka who squared one-time across the face of the Southampton goal for Lacazette to tap home the 3rd and final goal of the night for the Gunners to cap brilliant gameplay for them. The victory would see Arteta’s men rise to 8th place on the table, 5 points behind the top 4.

on the performance...

“To come here and play the way we played after having a big chance in the first minute and not scoring, then conceding from a set-piece but still reacting the way we did with the way we played football against a really good side… The three goals we scored, overall I think we should be proud because it’s never easy to come here against this team.”

~ Mikel Arteta

WHAT THIS MEANS

*Arsenal have won 3 straight away matches in the EPL for the first time since 2018.

*This is the Gunners’ 5th win in the last 6 EPL matches.

*This win takes them to 8th position on the EPL table.

WHAT IS NEXT?

The Gunners have a home game at the weekend against table toppers, Manchester United in the Premier League. The Availability of Aubameyang and Tierney for that game is not yet certain but the announcement of the loan signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid is expected anytime from now, but it is not yet known if the midfielder will make his premier league debut against the red devils.

COYG!!!

Match Review by Patrick Alexander