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That brings an end to our coverage of the Premier League fixture between Southampton and Arsenal at St. Mary’s Stadium. Thank you very much for joining us. Goodbye!  
Southampton will look to bounce back in their next match when they welcome Aston Villa to St. Mary's Stadium. Arsenal, meanwhile, will be full of confidence against Manchester United in their upcoming Premier League match. 
After a tightly-contested match, Arsenal clinch a hard-fought victory over Hasenhuttl’s Southampton. Five minutes after Armstrong gave the Saints the lead, Pepe had the Gunners back on level terms. Then, shortly before half time, Saka fired the visitors in front as he rounded McCarthy after latching onto Lacazette’s first-time pass. As the game wore on, Arteta’s team grew in confidence, and Lacazette secured the points with a close-range finish on 72 minutes.  
90' + 6' FULL TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 1-3 ARSENAL 
90' + 4' The Saints are still being pressed by Arteta’s side, who are keen to deny the hosts getting into dangerous areas. As such, McCarthy is forced to go long. 
J. Willock
N. Pépé
90' + 2' After an impressive performance, Pepe makes way for Willock. It remains 3-1. 
Caleb Watts
Yellow Card
90' Watts is shown a yellow card after catching Elneny with a late tackle in the centre of the pitch. 
90' There will be five minutes of added time at the end of this match. 
89' Pepe shows quick feet to get a yard of space on Bednarek during an Arsenal counter, and then looks to catch McCarthy out with an ambitious chip from the edge of the box. His shot, however, sails over the bar. 
88' Valery looks for N’Lundulu with a cross from the right, but Holding reads the situation and nods the ball behind for a corner, which comes to nothing. 
86' TOP SAVE! Instead of going over the wall, Ward-Prowse attempts to curl the ball into the far corner. Leno is alert to the clever set-piece effort and scrambles across to the push the strike to safety. 
84' Diallo slides the ball into Watts, and he is clipped by Willian on the edge of the Arsenal box. This is Ward-Prowse territory... 
82' In this game, Saka has both scored and assisted in a Premier League match for the first time in his career.
80' N’Lundulu turned away from Luiz inside the Arsenal box, but his touch just got away from him and he slipped through the back of Cedric. Arsenal are awarded a free-kick. 
Mohamed Elneny
T. Partey
78' Arteta turns to his bench for the second time in the match, bringing off Partey for Elneny. 
76' Partey is down now in need of treatment, so there will be another break in play. It looks as if he may be replaced.  
D. Nlundulu
T. Walcott
74' It is a double change for Southampton, with N’Lundulu entering the fray in place of Walcott. 
Caleb Watts
D. Ings
74' Following that third Arsenal goal, Ings makes way for Watts. 
B. Saka
Assist
72' The Saints have struggled to deal with Saka’s pace all game, and he once again carves open the hosts’ defence. The pass from Cedric to start the move initially was pinpoint, but Saka’s weight of pass for the assist was superb, and Lacazette simply could not miss. 
A. Lacazette
Goal
72' GOAL! Arsenal have a two-goal cushion! Cedric plays another inch-perfect pass over to the right for Saka, who controls it expertly. The winger gets the better of Redmond and drives the ball towards the back post, where Lacazette arrives to steer it into the bottom-left corner. 3-1.
Willian
E. Smith Rowe
72' Following that earlier knock, Smith Rowe is replaced by Willian. There are 18 minutes of normal time left to play. 
N. Pépé
Yellow Card
70' Pepe goes into the book after departing the field too slowly prior to an Arsenal substitution. However, because of that injury to Smith Rowe, it appears that the Ivorian will stay on. 
69' There is going to be another stoppage in play as Smith Rowe is down and in need of treatment.  
68' The hosts are confidently knocking the ball around midway inside the Arsenal half as they look to carve open an opportunity. Armstrong drives forward in an attempt to make something happen, but his cross from the right deflects back off him and the visitors win a goal-kick. 
N. Redmond
J. Vokins
66' Hasenhuttl makes his first change of the game as Redmond comes on for Vokins. It remains 2-1.  
66' GREAT PLAY! Arsenal are struggling to get out of their own half now. Ings skips beyond a number of defenders before forcing a save from Leno from an acute angle. The Gunners are struggling at present. 
65' Valery’s cross from the right loops high into the air after taking a deflection off Pepe, and Leno is quickly off his line to punch the ball away to safety. 
63' Cedric releases Saka down the right with a well-weighted forward pass across the field. The winger squares up to his man before cutting onto his left foot, but he lashes his strike well wide of the far post after choosing to ignore Lacazette’s run. 
62' Hasenhuttl’s team are enjoying a good spell of possession at present. Vokins receives the ball down the left, and his cross cannons out for a throw-in off Saka.  
60' CLOSE! Cedric skips beyond Valery and drives into the box. The full-back looks for Lacazette, but his low pass ricochets off numerous Southampton defenders before the ball is eventually cleared to safety just in front of the goal line.  
58' There is going to be a momentary break in play as Luiz is down. After taking some time to recover, the Brazilian is back to his feet and appears fine to continue. 
56' Southampton continue to struggle with Arsenal’s pace down the flanks. Bellerin this time finds space down the right to whip a cross into the area, but Pepe’s touch just takes it away from Lacazette, who had drifted into a promising area. 
55' In the first half, 55 per cent of Arsenal’s attacks came down the left-hand side of the field.  
53' OPENING! Arsenal once again win the ball high up the pitch through Xhaka. Cedric slides Smith Rowe in behind down the left side of the box, and he beats the onrushing McCarthy with a deft effort, but Stephens is quick to get back and clear the ball from inside the six-yard box.  
51' Following a foul from Vokins on Saka, Smith Rowe whips the resulting free-kick into the box from the right. Pepe lets it run and Stephens hooks it to safety before Xhaka catches Adams’ heels as he looked to drive the hosts forward.  
49' SAVE! Armstrong picks the ball up for the Saints and threads a pass inside for Walcott. From the edge of the box, the winger tries his luck, but fires straight at Leno. 
47' McCarthy fires a long, searching pass forward, but it catches Vokins in an offside position.
46' We are back underway! Friend, the referee, blows his whistle and Arsenal get the second half kicked off. 
After being opened up too easily on numerous occasions, Hasenhuttl will be hoping for a better display from his team after the restart. Offensively, Armstrong has looked lively, but the Saints have been far too exposed at the back, with Arsenal often finding space in behind their high defensive line. Arteta, meanwhile, will be pleased with his side’s first-half performance. Despite the early setback, the Gunners did not let their heads drop. Lacazette has frequently peeled into pockets of space to pull the strings, while Saka has constantly threatened with overlapping runs. 
Following an end-to-end opening half, Arsenal lead Southampton at the break. When Lacazette squandered a golden opportunity to break the deadlock after just one minute, Armstrong made the Gunners pay two minutes later, firing beyond Leno from a clever set-piece routine. Their lead, however, was short-lived. Pepe equalised moments later, before Saka found the net after rounding McCarthy just before half-time to send Arsenal in at the break with a one-goal lead.  
45' + 3' HALF TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 1-2 ARSENAL 
45' + 1' JUST WIDE! Diallo tries his luck from range after some good work from Armstrong, but his effort from outside the box misses to the right of Leno’s goal. 
45' There will be two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.  
43' Saka sends a lofted throughball down the right for Lacazette to chase, although the flag went up for offside against the Frenchman, who had got in behind of Southampton’s high line once again. 
42' PENALTY? Following a cross into the Saints’ box from the left, Lacazette goes down under pressure from Vokins and turns to the referee asking for a penalty. The incident goes to VAR, but no penalty is awarded. 
40' Stephens catches Lacazette and the Gunners win a free-kick deep inside the hosts’ half.  
A. Lacazette
Assist
39' The Gunners were quickest to react to the loose ball, and Lacazette punished the high line with an inch-perfect pass to Saka. McCarthy’s effort to clear the danger on the edge of his own box backfired, allowing the winger to score the easiest of goals.  
B. Saka
Goal
39' GOAL! Arsenal take the lead! Following a long pass, the ball drops to Xhaka on the halfway line, and he lays it off to Lacazette. The Frenchman is alert to Saka’s run in behind, and plays a first-time throughball on the turn into his path. The 19-year-old shows great pace to beat an onrushing McCarthy to the ball, round the goalkeeper, and slot it into the empty net. 2-1.  
38' Luiz gives the ball away to Walcott in a dangerous position deep inside the away side’s half. The Englishman picks his head up and attempts to switch the play over to the left for Adams, who had peeled into space, but the pass is overhit. That is a wasted opportunity.  
37' Armstrong picks the ball up midway inside the visitors’ half and drives beyond both Lacazette and Bellerin, before sending a cross into the box. Holding is alert to the danger and heads the delivery to safety. 
35' Cedric is too eager to regain possession for Arsenal and clips Valery along the right wing. The free-kick is awarded to Southampton. 
33' After his role in the opening goal, only Matthew Le Tissier (63) has registered more Premier League assists for Southampton than Ward-Prowse, who is level on 27 with Dusan Tadic. 
31' Pepe goes to ground after being caught by Bednarek, and the Gunners win a free-kick down the left flank. 
29' DECENT EFFORT! The hosts are pushing on in their search to retake the lead. Armstrong picks the ball up down the left side of the Arsenal penalty area, drifts inside and onto his right foot, and bends a strike just wide to the right of Leno’s goal.  
27' NOT FAR AWAY! A quick Southampton counter sees the host break the visitors’ press. Following some clever build-up play, Ings works it over to the right for Valery, who cuts onto his left foot and curls a shot wide of the far post from the edge of the box.
25' Pepe looks for Lacazette, but the striker made his run a fraction too early and is flagged as offside. 
24' SMART STOP! After some neat play down the left-hand side, Vokins whips an inviting cross into the heart of the Arsenal box. Unmarked, Adams steers a header towards goal, and Leno makes a fine diving save to claw the ball out when it looked destined for the top-left corner. 
22' The Saints have looked vulnerable to balls in behind thus far. Their high line is allowing the away side to find space, which is something that Hasenhuttl may look to adjust. 
20' Bellerin receives the ball from Saka in an advanced position, and the Spaniard lofts a cross in towards the far post. Pepe nods it down for Lacazette, but Bednarek calmly eases it back to McCarthy. 
19' CHANCE! The resulting set-piece from Ward-Prowse is swung into a dangerous area, but Ings’ goal-bound flick is tame and easily gathered by Leno. 
Bellerín
Yellow Card
19' Bellerin picks up the first yellow card of the match after cynically tripping Armstrong down the left flank. It was a needless challenge, and he is rightfully booked.  
17' The Saints launch a dangerous break through Walcott, who was picked out by Adams. The Englishman gets to the edge of the Arsenal box, but pulls his shot well wide of the far post. 
16' Following that equaliser, Pepe has now scored in consecutive top-flight starts for the first time. 
14' INCHES WIDE! Arsenal once again advance down the right, with Saka creating space to float the ball into a dangerous area. The looping cross falls to Cedric on the edge of the box, and his ambitious right-footed volley just bends wide of the far post. McCarthy was worried by that effort.  
13' Vokins looks to close Saka down early, although he clatters through the back of him and the Gunners win a free-kick in the Southampton half.  
11' Diallo skips away from Lacazette before being impeded by the Frenchman. Free-kick to the Saints midway inside their own half.  
10' Saka is at the heart of everything for the visitors at the moment. On this occasion, he wins a corner to the left of Valery, but Bednarek rises to nod it to safety. 
G. Xhaka
Assist
8' Southampton were lucky to get away with losing possession deep in their own half minutes ago, but were not so fortunate this time. Xhaka showed great awareness to spot the run of Pepe ahead of him, and the attacker did well to hold off his man and beat McCarthy. 
N. Pépé
Goal
8' GOAL! Arsenal are quickly level! The Gunners win the ball back high up the park, and Partey lays it off to his left for Xhaka. The midfielder picks his head up, slides a pass beyond the hosts’ defence, and Pepe fires his shot from the centre of the area into the bottom-right corner. 1-1.
7' After that opening goal, Ward-Prowse has now recorded back-to-back assists at home in the Premier League for the first time since December 2016. 
5' CLOSE! Saka does well to drive down the right flank and win a corner off Stephens. The delivery finds Holding in the middle of the box, but his header fizzes beyond the far post.  
J. Ward-Prowse
Assist
3' That is a corner routine that is straight from the training ground. As you would expect, the set-piece delivery from Ward-Prowse was so inviting as he expertly picked out Armstrong, who applied a composed finish. 
S. Armstrong
Goal
3' GOAL! Southampton take an early lead! After Holding put the ball behind for a corner to the right, Ward-Prowse pulls the set-piece back to the edge of the box for Armstrong. On the half volley, the Scotsman nestles his shot into the top-right corner of the box. Leno got a hand to it, but could not keep it out. 1-0. 
1' WHAT A CHANCE! Bednarek plays a lacklustre forward pass that goes only as far as Xhaka, who sets Lacazette through one-on-one with a well-placed throughball. The Frenchman sets himself on his right foot, but McCarthy is quickly off his line to thwart the attacker from the centre of the box. The Saints are lucky to not be behind!
1' Kick off! The referee, Kevin Friend, blows his whistle and Southampton get the game underway. 
The teams are out, and kick-off will soon be upon us here at St. Mary’s Stadium. 
Arsenal are looking to record back-to-back away Premier League wins against Southampton for the first time since winning in March and August 1997 under Arsene Wenger.
Southampton come into this clash having failed to win five of their last six Premier League fixtures. Their last victory, however, came at home against Liverpool. Should the hosts win against their visitors, then they may climb to seventh in the table. Having endured an inconsistent start to the campaign, Arsenal’s form has picked up in recent weeks. The Gunners have lost just one of their last six top-flight matches, which came against Everton at Goodison Park. Since then, Arteta’s side have conceded just one goal, keeping clean sheets in each of their previous four matches. Currently in 11th, a win tonight would see the visitors move into the top half and above the Saints.
Ralph Hasenhuttl makes three changes from his side that beat Arsenal last time out in the FA Cup. Ryan Bertrand misses out through suspension, while Kyle Walker-Peters is also unavailable due to a quad injury. In their place, both Valery and Vokins come in to start. McCarthy is also selected ahead of Forster. Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, makes four alterations from the fourth-round defeat at St Mary’s Stadium. Elneny, Willian, Martinelli and Nketiah drop to the bench as Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe and Lacazette are recalled. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not in the squad due to personal reasons, while Kieran Tierney is suffering from a calf problem.
ARSENAL SUBS: Mat Ryan, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Magalhaes, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, Joseph Willock, Willian, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah.  
SOUTHAMPTON SUBS: Fraser Forster, Kayne Ramsey, Alexandre Jankewitz, Kgagelo Chauke, Caleb Watt, Will Ferry, Nathan Redmond, Daniel N'Lundulu, Shane Long.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, David Luiz, Cedric Soares; Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Nicolas Pepe, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka; Alexandre Lacazette. 
SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): Alex McCarthy; Yan Valery, Jan Bednarek, Jack Stephens, Jake Vokins; Stuart Armstrong, Ibrahima Diallo, James Ward-Prowse, Theo Walcott; Che Adams, Danny Ings.  
Prior to their FA Cup triumphs over both Shrewsbury and Arsenal, respectively, Southampton's last top-flight match ended in a 2-0 defeat against Leicester City. The Gunners, on the other hand, beat Newcastle 3-0 in the league before their fourth-round FA Cup exit.  
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