As it happened: Southampton 1 vs 3, Gunners triumphant in entertaining battle with Saints
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23:158 months ago

Final thoughts

Everyone hoped for a better game than this fixture produced in the FA Cup and it certainly delivered.


It was arguably one of Arsenal's best performances of the season. They came from behind to win 3-1 and looked great throughout. The Gunners pressed well all game and played just as well in possession. There needs to be a special mention for Cedric with his incredible range of passing on display today and certainly instrumental in the result. Arteta's side has now won their last three away games with the base of youth talent playing dividends.


Southampton weren't out of the game by any means but will rule over missed opportunities in the first half, before quieting down for the second period. The lack of goals may be a concern over recent matches but they gave a good account of themselves, just not consistent enough throughout the match to deserve even a point.

23:108 months ago

Final whistle

That's it, the game is over here on the South Coast in a highly entertaining game as Arsenal win 3-1.
23:078 months ago

Added time

Five minutes to be added here.
23:018 months ago

Good save!

Shooting from the left of the D, Ward-Prowse directs his shot to the right of Leno who dives to keep out the shot as it looked like it was on it's way in.



22:598 months ago

84' Dangerous free-kick for Saints

Southampton have a free-kick in prime Ward-Prowse territory.
22:548 months ago

Arsenal making it difficult for Southampton now

With the two-goal cushion, Arsenal have dropped back slightly and are making it difficult to find space and forcing them to go long on occasions. Unsuccessfully though.
22:518 months ago

74' Substitutions all round

Dan N'Lundulu and Caleb Watts enter the field of play for Che Adams and Danny Ings.

Elneny also comes on for Thomas Partey.

22:498 months ago

Brilliant play

Cedric for the goal played an impeccable ball across to Willian, who had just come on too, he then played it across for Lacazette to make it 3-1 with a tap in and takes his tally to ten for the campaign.
22:478 months ago

73' Lacazette makes it 3-1

Brilliant play from Arsenal following the break-in play for the injury to make it 3-1.
22:458 months ago

Pepe receives a card as he goes off (or does he)

As Pepe went off he receives a yellow card for taking his time and not going off at the nearest edge of the pitch.

He protests as Smith-Rowe is down injured and now receives treatment. With Smith-Rowe now making way and not Pepe.

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67' Substitutions for both sides

Jake Voskins is the first player to make way as Nathan Redmond is introduced.

Martinelli also comes on for Pepe.

22:418 months ago

66' Brilliant footwork from Ings

Ings has been fairly quiet in this match so far but dances in the box past multiple defenders and just can't get a shot away. Some fantastic footwork though in the buildup there.
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63' Saka shoots from range

It's Cedric again with a great pass this time across to the right which finds Saka.

Brimming with confidence Saka cuts into the box and looks to curl one from his left foot but he can not hit the target on this occasion. 

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60' Cedric looking to make a chance

The former Saints man goes on a great run down the left, cuts inside and into the box playing the ball across goal.

The ball is intercepted and bounces around, but it is eventually cleared by Hasnehuttl's side.

22:318 months ago

Plenty of action

Chances at both ends in the last few minutes, neither amount to much but both sides still very much looking to add to their tallies.

Interesting game to watch with both teams pressing well out of possession and playing well with it.

22:258 months ago

50' First chance of the half

The opening five minutes of the second-half haven't lived up to the same period during the first.

However, five minutes in and Theo Walcott shoots centrally from just outside the box and forces a smart save from Leno.

22:198 months ago

Time for the second half

Following the half time break, the teams are now back out for the second half.

Can Southampton get back into this or will Arsenal successfully resist? 

22:088 months ago

Half-time thoughts

More of the same the second half for Arsenal having fallen behind they bounced back to lead 2-1 at the break. The high-press paying off well.

Southampton had further chances too and are still very much in the game, they just need to attempt to have more chances inside the box rather than outside.

22:038 months ago

Two minutes added

Following an entertaining 45 minutes there will be an additional two prior to the break.
22:038 months ago

42' Penalty shout for Arsenal

Lacazette appears to be brought down in the box, shouts for a penalty are waved away by the referee.

Upon a VAR check, it was the correct decision with the Frenchman going down too easily.

22:018 months ago

Great combination

Lacazette played a great ball to Saka who against the onrushing Alex McCarthy took it around the keeper, off-balance, and buries it home to put his side ahead.
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Having been behind Arsenal now lead thanks to the exploits of Saka.
21:478 months ago

29' Chance for Armstrong now

In a series of chances for the home side, Armstrong looked to double his tally and restore his sides lead with a curling effort from the left-hand corner of the box.

Unfortunately, he curled his shot around the post too, but another chance nonetheless.

21:458 months ago

27' Valery takes a shot

Attacking down the right now Valery finds himself in space just outside the box as he is played into possession. 

The French full-back shot, but could only shoot high into the stand.

21:448 months ago

Plenty of pressing

Southampton are known for their pressing style but ARsenal are doing the exact same in what is a lively affair so far with end to end action.
21:428 months ago

24' Close for Saints

Southampton build another attack down their left as Voskins whips in a perfectly weighted ball to the head of Che Adams. The striker forced a good save from Leno, as a result, to keep the score even.
21:368 months ago

19' First card of the match

The first card of the match has been awarded to Bellerin having stopped a Southampton attack midway through his half.

Ward-Prowse took the resulting free-kick with a promising ball in, only to be collected by Leno.

21:348 months ago

Entertaining start

The first 15 minutes have been lively with both teams pressing well and set pieces playing their part.

Certainly better than the FA Cup fixture already!

21:318 months ago

14' Cedric comes close

Following an Arsenal attack, Cedric managed to find himself on the edge of the box and volleyed a shot towards goal.

The ball just clipped over as the fullback came close to finding the back of the net against his former side.

21:288 months ago

11' Plenty of corners

Arsenal have just taken their fourth corner of the game, although calmy collected by McCarthy in the Saints net.

Saints too have had one so far, of which they opened the scoring

21:278 months ago

Lively start as the away side equalise

Arsenal beat Southampton at their own game with a high press. Partey won the ball initially and then passed to Xhaka.


The Swiss international then timed his subsequent pass well to slot through to Pepe, who tucked away as he marched into the box.

21:248 months ago


Only minutes after Saints opened the scoring Arsenal have bounced back with an equaliser through Pepe.
21:218 months ago

Brilliant start for Saints

On the back of an Arsenal corner, Southampton countered and won one of their own.

There was only man for the job, James Ward-Prowse, who put in a great ball for Armstrong to volley home and put his side 1-0 up.

21:208 months ago


Stuart Armstrong has opened the scoring of the affair.
21:188 months ago

1' Big stop from McCarthy

With Lacazette running through on goal McCarthy comes out to block the shot.
21:168 months ago

1' Here we go

The teams are out and the match has begun, let's hope for a higher scoring game than on the weekend!
21:138 months ago

The teams are out

On a chilly night on the South Coast, the sides are out here at St.Mary's. 
20:598 months ago

Kick-off coming soon

Kick-off is only 15 minutes away now, fans will be hoping for more goals in this game than this fixture produced in the cup on the weekend.
20:578 months ago

League standings

Currently, Southampton and Arsenal are separated by two points with Saints in tenth and the Gunners in eleventh.

A win for the home side could take them up to seventh, and the same for Arsenal could see them climb to eighth. 

20:528 months ago

Hasenhuttl expects Saints to be on top form

Speaking ahead of the match with the media, he said: "We know that we need to have every part of our game being good on Tuesday night."


You can check out all his other pre-match comments here.

20:478 months ago

Arsenal without their captain

Despite being anticipated he would return today Aubameyang is still absent from the squad as Lacazette starts up-front.


Smith-Rowe is back in the side in between Pepe and Saka in the attacking midfield.

20:428 months ago

Forced changes for Southampton

Yan Valery and Jake Voskins both start as the fullbacks in what is a duo of forced changes from Ralph Hasenhuttl.


Ibrahima Diallo also starts in midfield for his tenth league game alongside the captain Ward-Prowse.

20:378 months ago

Southampton team news

Southampton - McCarthy, Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Voskins, Armstrong, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Walcott, Adams, Ings
20:328 months ago

How the away side lineup

Arsenal - Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Soares, Partey, Xhaka, Pepe, Smith-Rowe, Saka, Lacazette
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The previous meeting between the sides

It may only feel like yesterday these sides met, but it as actually three days ago in the FA Cup.


Again on the South Coast, the Saints came away victorious following an early own goal from Gabrial, enough to put them through to the quarters and knock Arsenal out.

20:028 months ago

Where to watch the game

The game will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1 HD from 7:30 pm with kick-off at St Mary’s getting underway at 8:15 pm.


Live text updates are also available on the VAVEL website and the Southampton VAVEL Twitter Page.

19:578 months ago

Early Arsenal team news

The Gunners will be boosted by the return of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after missing the cup clash for “personal family reasons.”

Mikel Arteta, however, will be without Kieran Tierney, who has a calf problem.

For all your pre-match information check out the preview here on Vavel.

19:528 months ago

Early Southampton team news

The home side will be without fullbacks Kyle Walker-Peters and Ryan Bertrand with the former injured and later suspended.


Along with potentially, another seven ruled out through injuries. But Nathan Redmond is expected to return to the side.


Check out the match preview here for all your pre-match information.