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November 23, 2013 4:15 PM WAT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 60007‎
 
 
86′ (PG) Olivier Giroud
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 2-0 Southampton

Saints goalkeeper Artur Boruc gifted Olivier Giroud an opener with a disastrous attempt at some silky skill, before the France international wrapped up the win with a penalty

By Jamie Dunn at the Emirates Stadium

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    23
    3
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Called into action twice in the first half, palming a Lallana volley over the bar and tipping wide from Rodriguez. Saved from Lallana again after the break but was rarely tested.

  • Bacary Sagna
    18
    5
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    Could not provide an attacking threat but was assured in defence and allowed Shaw and Clyne no space to trouble the Arsenal right-hand side.

  • Per Mertesacker
    20
    3
    3.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Ended an excellent week, having scored for Germany against England at Wembley, by playing his part in ensuring Arsenal picked up a clean sheet. Had his shirt pulled by Fonte as the Gunners were awarded a penalty which Giroud converted.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    20
    2
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Put his red card for France behind him to turn in the sort of reliable performance fans now expect of the centre-back. Produced one excellent tackle to deny Rodriguez a chance at goal.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    17
    1
    3.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Found it easier to trouble Southampton going forward as Steven Davis moved to right-back following an injury to Luke Shaw forced a reshuffle.

  • Mikel Arteta
    11
    4
    3.00

    Mikel Arteta

    The deepest of the Arsenal midfielders stuck to his usual disciplined task in the absence of the suspended Mathieu Flamini. Forced off with a knock late in the second half.

  • Jack Wilshere
    14
    1
    4.00

    Jack Wilshere

    Back in the Arsenal starting XI, the midfielder was inches away from giving his side the lead with a clever lob which hit the post. Saw a header saved by Boruc and turned in an accomplished performance for a player who has come in for criticism in recent weeks.

  • Mesut Özil
    30
    1
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    Provided a cross for Ramsey to hit the post and drifted from left to right throughout, constantly looking to link up with the Welshman, Cazorla, Wilshere and Giroud. Substituted for Nacho Monreal.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    17
    6
    4.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Struck the post with a sensational back heel to nearly complete an excellent team move which would have put Arsenal in front. Evidently playing with confidence after an excellent start to the season.

  • Santi Cazorla
    20
    3
    3.50

    Santi Cazorla

    Came to life in bursts, at one point wriggling away from Schneiderlin and Wanyama brilliantly. Replaced by Theo Walcott with 20 minutes remaining after a strong showing.

  • Olivier Giroud
    28
    3
    4.00

    Olivier Giroud Top of the Match

    Gifted the opener by Boruc's haphazard attempts to turn away from him. Displayed his usual mixture of strength and composure, entering into a physical battle with Fonte and Lovren. Sent Boruc the wrong way with a late penalty to seal the win.

Substitutions

  • Monreal
    10
    3

    Monreal

    Replaced Ozil as Arsenal looked to close out the game.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    13
    2

    Tomas Rosicky

    Came on for the injured Arteta.

  • Theo Walcott
    12
    4
    3.00

    Theo Walcott

    Made his return from injury with 20 minutes to play. Had one chance to score and flashed it across goal, but displayed plenty of his trademark pace in a cameo performance.

  • Artur Boruc
    1
    10
    1.00

    Artur Boruc Flop of the Match

    Allowed Arsenal a cheap opening goal with a farcical attempt to beat Giroud with some ill-conceived skill. Pressured by Arsenal fans every time he received the ball from then on. Could do little about Giroud's well-placed penalty.

  • Nathaniel Clyne
    3
    4
    2.50

    Nathaniel Clyne

    Could only watch as Boruc made a meal of his pass and allowed Giroud to score. Moved to left-back following an injury to Shaw and got forward but could not provide any real danger.

  • Jose Rocha Fonte
    2
    3
    2.00

    Jose Rocha Fonte

    Gave away a clear penalty, pulling Mertesacker's shirt to allow Arsenal to score a second when his side was chasing an equaliser.

  • Luke Shaw
    5
    2
    2.50

    Luke Shaw

    A decent defensive performance from the left-back, but rarely ventured forward and was forced off at half-time after picking up an injury.

  • Jos Hooiveld
    5
    3
    2.50

    Jos Hooiveld

    Booked for a high challenge on Giroud at the end of the first half and was given a difficult afternoon by the physical French striker.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    1
    4
    3.00

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    A tidy and confident performance in amongst Arsenal's vibrant midfield. Broke up attacks but could not launch many threatening moves for his side.

  • Victor Wanyama
    4
    3
    2.50

    Victor Wanyama

    Asserted himself early on, shrugging off the likes of Giroud and Wilshere with robust work in midfield but was booked shortly after the interval. Hammered a volley over the bar as the visitors searched for an equaliser.

  • James Ward-Prowse
    0
    1
    2.50

    James Ward-Prowse

    Offered decent delivery from dead ball situations but saw little return for his efforts throughout the game. Unable to truly have an impact on the afternoon.

  • Adam Lallana
    1
    2
    3.00

    Adam Lallana

    Had Southampton's best chance of the first half, but saw his strike comfortably saved by Szczesny. Shot straight at the Pole after the break before being replaced by Dani Osvaldo.

  • Rickie Lambert
    0
    2
    2.50

    Rickie Lambert

    Had a quiet first half and moved to a slightly deeper position after the introduction of a striker partner in Osvaldo. Had little in the way of genuine chances throughout the game.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    2
    1
    3.00

    Jay Rodriguez

    Displayed skill on occasion in the first half and saw an improvised volley saved by Szczesny but was largely unable to get beyond the Arsenal back four.

Substitutions

  • Steven Davis
    1
    2
    2.50

    Steven Davis

    Came on at half-time in place of the injured Shaw and moved into an unfamiliar position at right-back. Struggled at times with Gibbs and Cazorla.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    0
    1
    2.00

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    Brought on as Southampton chased an equaliser. Drove through Wilshere and Mertesacker but produced a tame shot and was otherwise quiet.

Results
 
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