An absolute howler allowed Saints a lifeline on the stroke of half-time, while a few misplaced passes led to grumbles from the home crowd
Never looked troubled the whole afternoon as he commanded a sturdy defence that has just Szczesny to blame for the lack of clean sheet.
Looked comfortable throughout though this was not too difficult given Lallana's quietness. Steadily improving with each performance.
Fantastic marauding performance down the left. Forced Hooiveld's own goal in the opening 10 minutes, as well as Clyne's later on in the first half. Key figure in his side's attacking endeavours.
Did not give Lambert a sniff all afternoon after dominating the burly centre-forward in aerial combat.
Drifted along the lines to great effect, ghosting into the holes created by Gervinho's movement into deep positions though was unable to recreate the final product of weeks gone by
Competent display that saw him fulfil an energetic, all-action role in comparison to Arteta and Cazorla's more specific briefings.
A forceful yet subtle performance that saw him control the game from a deep-sitting role. Waned slightly in influence in the second half
Robust and effective display that combined sheer graft with technical ability going forward. Fantastic finish from the free-kick which put his side firmly in the driving seat.
Showed flashes of inspiration in his first appearance against the club where he made the grade though his end product was a little lacking.
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.
Took an absolute battering in the first half though cannot be expected to shoulder too much blame given the fact his defence were at sixes and sevens.
Unfortunate to see Gibbs' cross deflect off him into his own net but was given a torrid time by Podolski's desire to drift in off the line and Gibbs' willingness to hit the bye-line.
Caught napping for Arsenal's third but made slight amends by capitalising on Szczesny's ugly fumble.
Unlucky to see Gibbs' driven cross bounce off his shin and into his own net before being replaced around the half hour mark after pulling up with an injury.
Could not deal with Gervinho's constant dropping off deep in an afternoon he will hope to mentally repress.
Conceded a needless foul which granted Podolski the opportunity to bend home the second before being the victim of a half-time tactical change that saw the introduction of Ramirez.
Tried to operate from an advanced position in midfield but found chances to create on the ball few and far between.
Started brightly but soon became overwhelmed by a well-oiled Arsenal machine.
Anonymous for large spells of the game though his side looked at their best when he cut in from the left with intent.
Found it desperately hard to influence the game with most of his work concerned with attempting, unsuccessfully, to shackle Gibbs down the left.
Was unable to hold the ball up for his team, though this was through lack of service rather than any fault of his own. Missed a good opportunity to hand his team momentum just after the interval.
Came on to instant effect, perplexing Clyne before hitting the post to provide an assist for Gervinho.
Came on and scored with an accomplished left-footed finish.
A goal would have put him in the company of Wright, Bergkamp and Henry but it was not to be as he enjoyed just a brief cameo at the end.
Replaced Hooiveld after half an hour and saw his entrance initiate his side's capitulation as they conceded three goals in a matter of minutes. Grew accustomed to the challenge in the second half but by then, the damage was done.
Showed glimpses of why Southampton were so keen to procure his services though it was always going to be difficult to salvage anything after a nightmare first half.
Brought on with 15 minutes to go to give Lambert a deserved rest.