Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
Played
September 16, 2012 12:00 AM EST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 60097‎
 
11′ (OG) Jos Hooiveld
Daniel Fox 45′
 
35′ Gervinho
 
37′ (OG) Nathaniel Clyne
 
71′ Gervinho
 
88′ Theo Walcott
 
Top of the Match
Gervinho
Gervinho
Arsenal FC
Gervinho
Gervinho
Arsenal FC
Flop of the Match
Jos Hooiveld
Jos Hooiveld
Southampton
Jos Hooiveld
Jos Hooiveld
Southampton

Arsenal 6-1 Southampton: Gervinho double helps Gunners pile on the misery for sorry Saints

A rampant first-half performance from the Gunners saw them bag four goals and leave the visitors shell-shocked, although they did manage a consolation goal after a Szczesny error

By Josh Clarke at the Emirates

Gervinho, Gibbs, Arsenal
Getty images
Arsenal romped to a 6-1 win over bottom of the table Southampton in an all-action Premier League encounter at the Emirates.

An incident-packed first half saw the Gunners take a 4-0 lead courtesy of Jos Hooiveld and Nathaniel Clyne own goals sandwiching Lucas Podolski and Gervinho strikes, before Daniel Fox struck back.

Arsenal continued to assert their domination in the second half as Gervinho's second and Theo Walcott's late effort made it six.

TOP GUN

HOW GERVINHO RATED VS SOUTHAMPTON
Dominated the first half with an interesting display as a false number nine that pulled the Southampton back four all over the shop. Took his first goal well and showed good instinct to finish his second.
The result stretched the home side's unbeaten start to the season with Southampton still to find their first point after rejoining the top flight.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was unable to call upon Abou Diaby or Theo Walcott, though the latter made the bench. Wojciech Szczesny was restored to the starting line-up, as Gervinho replaced Olivier Giroud up front and Francis Coquelin came into the centre of midfield.

Saints begun with the same side that battled to a 3-2 defeat against Manchester United, with the trio of new signings Gaston Ramirez, Emmanuel Mayuka and Maya Yoshida having to make do with a place on the bench.

Arsenal begun the brighter of the two and their early pressure was rewarded in the 10th minute after Hooiveld turned the ball into his own net as Kelvin Davis could only get a foot to Kieran Gibbs' low, drilled cross from the left byline.

Per Mertesacker tested Davis with a powerful header from Santi Cazorla's looping ball into the box as Arsenal began to assert their dominance, before Gervinho fizzed an effort just wide of the post.

Hooiveld was replaced by Maya Yoshia around the half hour mark as Saints fully capitulated, conceding three goals in a matter of minutes.

Steven Davis gave away a needless foul on the edge of the area, allowing Podolski to step up and bend a left-footed effort that was well beyond Kelvin Davis' grasp.

Almost immediately after the restart Saints left-back Daniel Fox was caught napping and a simple Mikel Arteta lofted pass down the line allowed Gervinho to steam in on goal and smash home at the near post.

 ARSENAL LATEST
11/1 Arsenal are 11/1 to beat Manchester City 1-0 with Paddy Power
Arsenal got their fourth in a manner similar to the game's opener. Another powerful surge down the left from Gibbs saw the full-back whip in a cross that ended up in the Saints net via a wicked deflection off Clyne.

Moments before the interval Wojciech Szcznesy granted the visitors a lifeline, making a total mess of a cross from deep to allow Fox to poke in from yards out.

Rickie Lambert missed a good chance to get his side back with a fighting chance as he slotted wide, as Arsenal continued to enjoy the upper hand in the second half.

The Gunners further stretched their lead after substitute Aaron Ramsey made an instant impact, outfoxing Clyne as he burst into the box, only to see his prodded effort rebound off the post to allow Gervinho to bundle home from a couple of yards out.

Gervinho and Podolski were replaced to rapturous applause, with replacement Walcott puting the icing on the cake, bending home with his left foot as the visitors' defence made a hash of clearing Thomas Vermaelen's strike.


Arsenal FC

1
Wojciech Szczesny
Goalkeeper
2.00
4
Per Mertesacker
Defender
3.50
5
3.50
25
Carl Jenkinson
Defender
3.50
28
Kieran Gibbs
Defender
4.00
8
Mikel Arteta
Midfielder
35′
4.00
19
Santi Cazorla
Midfielder
88′
4.00
20
Francis Coquelin
Midfielder
67′
3.50
9
4.00
15
3.50
27
Gervinho
Striker
35′ 71′ 74′
4.50

Southampton

2.00
1
Kelvin Davis
Goalkeeper
2.00
2
1.50
26
2.00
6
2.50
13
Daniel Fox
Defender
45′
3.00
4
2.00
8
Steven Davis
Midfielder
46′
2.50
16
3.00
20
Adam Lallana
Midfielder
2.00
13
Jason Puncheon
Midfielder
2.50
7

Substitutes

25
Vito Mannone
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
 - 
27
 - 
16
Aaron Ramsey
Midfielder
67′
3.50
10
 - 
12
2.50
14
3.50

Substitutes

 - 
25
2.00
3
 - 
2
2.50
10
G. Ramírez
Midfielder
46′
 - 
27
2.00
9
 - 
24

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

 - 
-
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0