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Arsenal fightback to clinch victory

premier-league St Mary's Stadium | Tue 26 Jan 8.15PM | Attendance: 0
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SOU vs ARS
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SOU vs ARS As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Lacazette extends the visitors' lead from a Saka cross
  • Saka gives Arsenal a narrow advantage going into the break
  • Pepe equalises four minutes after Saints break the deadlock
  • Saints take the lead through a sensational Armstrong strike

FULL-TIME: Saints 1-3 Arsenal

Mikel Arteta's side leave the south coast with all three points on this occasion, thanks to goals from Pepe, Saka and Lacazette. Saints took the lead early on through Armstrong, but were on the back foot following the near-immediate equaliser. 

+4’

Diallo heads over

Lovely diagonal pass finds Valery in space on the right, and he lays it off to Watts. The cross is deep, but Diallo meets it with his head. He gets plenty of power, but less direction on the effort. 

+1’

Arsenal substitution: Joseph Willock replaces Nicolas Pépé

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Time running out...

Time is running thin for Saints, as Watts gets booked for a late challenge on Elneny. The board goes up with 5 minutes on it to salvage something. 

86’

Alert save

Prowsey beats the wall, but Leno dives acrobatically to his right and makes a good save. Diallo was there on the follow up, but doesn't connect well enough with it. 

85’

Prowsey territory...

There's a dead ball opportunity for Saints here, with Ward-Prowse over it. It's fairly central, but still well within range. Arsenal take an age to line up their wall. And Prowsey makes Leno work...

83’

Adams benefits from slice of luck

McCarthy punted the ball long, and it skips off of the wet turf, evading all midfield players and falls to Adams (who looked to be in an offside position). He tries to work space for the shot but it's well blocked.

77’

Arsenal substitution: Mohamed Naser El Sayed Elneny replaces Thomas Partey

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74’

Watts replaces Walcott

Young Caleb Watts replaces Theo Walcott in midfield. 

73’

Southampton substitution: Dan Nlundulu replaces Danny Ings

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Arsenal extend lead

The visitors benefit from a quick breakaway down the right, led by Saka, with Lacazette meeting the low pass at the back post to tap home.

72’

GOAL

Alexandre Lacazette (72’) | 1 3

72’

Arsenal substitution: Willian Borges Da Silva replaces Emile Smith Rowe

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71’

Odd exchange on the sidelines

Pepe's number went up, to be replaced by Martinelli. But Smith-Rowe has gone down on the far side, causing some confusion on the two benches. Smith-Rowe is the one who is eventually replaced by Willian.

67’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Jake Vokins

First change for Saints. Diallo drops back to full-back.

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66’

Jinxing run from Ings

Really quick feet from the Saints forward, who suddenly came to life in the box. He's beaten three Arsenal defenders but runs out of space. Very unlucky. 

63’

Saka a constant threat

The ball is switched to Saka, who enters into a foot race with Vokins before chopping inside onto his left foot. The shot is wayward.

58’

Vokins searching delivery

The full-back travels well with the ball before trying to find a red shirt centrally. The delivery is deep and headed out for a corner. Nothing to report from that.

54’

Smith-Rowe goes close

We expected an open half and that's exactly what we're getting. The young Arsenal forward goes close, squeezing the ball past McCarthy, but there's covering defenders. Stephens clears the danger.

51’

Ings effort blocked

He's been quiet, by his usual standards. But picked the ball up in a promising position, 20 yards shy of goal, and let rip but the shot was well blocked. Saints looking to force the issue early on.

50’

Smart move

Saints start the half with intent. Again Armstrong is involved, powering forward before working the ball to Theo. He has an option to his right in Valery but elects to shoot - forcing a good save from Leno.

HT

Back under way...

Arsenal get us going again for the second half. Saints trailing, but plenty of life left in this one!

HALF-TIME: Saints 1-2 Arsenal

A bright first period from both sides, but it's the visitors who lead. Expect a very open second 45 minutes of football.

Wet and windy

Two minutes to be added here. Saints looking more comfortable in possession now, but Arsenal pose a huge threat when coming forward. Two corners to end the half, which are both cleared.

ADVANTAGE ARSENAL

McCarthy came a long way, but couldn't beat Arsenal winger Saka to the ball, as he skips around the onrushing Saints stopper and fires into an empty net. Vokins was caught by the accuracy of the pass from Lacazette.

38’

GOAL

Bukayo Saka (38’) | 1 2

37’

Armstrong finding space

The midfielder has been Saints' most expressive player in this first half, looking for any opportunity to get forward. He beats two players in Saints' latest attack before being thwarted. Walcott picks up the ball consequently, but is wasteful.

Impressive defending

Arsenal look to break down the right with Saka, who has been much quieter in the past 10 minutes, before trying to find Pepe but he's well tracked by Valery.

28’

Well worked

Another well worked chance for the hosts goes begging. The ball was fired into Adams centrally, who cushioned a deft touch into the path of strike partner Ings, who then found Valery. The full-back motored forward with the ball, cut inside onto his left foot and struck at goal. Off target. 

24’

Superb play from Saints

The best move of the game, as Saints work the ball from a tight area on the right across to the left. Diallo found Vokins in acres on the far side, and he delivered an inviting cross towards Ings who arrowed his header at Leno's goal. Fine save from the Arsenal stopper.

19’

Armstrong wins a promising free-kick

The midfielder wriggled free on the far side, before being brought down. Prowsey takes the delivery and finds Ings, who poked the ball goalwards but the offside flag was raised.

Saints forced to chase

The hosts are conceding much of the play as it stands, with Arsenal sharp in possession. A smart piece of play from Smith-Rowe creates another sight of goal, but Partey blasts high and wide.

14’

Cedric volleys wide

Sustained spell of pressure from Mikel Arteta's side, who look right in the mood. It ends with Cedric trying an audacious effort on the volley, which skews off his boot and flies marginally wide.

Pepe equalises

There's an incredible intensity to this game in the early stages, as Arsenal draw themselves level. Yan Valery was caught the wrong side of Pepe, who keeps his balance before firing across McCarthy and into the far corner.

7’

GOAL

Nicolas Pépé (7’) | 1 1

6’

Arsenal with intent

Saka is looking lively for Arsenal, who find themselves behind early on. He dances past two players before crossing towards the box, it's cut out and goes behind for a corner. Luiz heads the resulting chance over.

GOALSCORER 17 Stuart Armstrong

WHAT A FINISH

It's a sublime finish from the Scot, who latched onto Prowsey's corner from the right and belted the ball home. 

3’

GOOOAL!!!

Stuart Armstrong (3’) | 1 0

Big chance for Lacazette

Early chance for the visitors, as Lacazette is freed. McCarthy is alert, and smothers the danger before Prowsey clears on the follow up. Energetic start. 

20.17

SHOWTIME 😇

Stuart Armstrong takes the first kick of the game, Saints have possession and are working the ball side to side. A first touch for Yan Valery early on. Arsenal straight on the attack though...

20.16

Teams are out...

Both sides have taken to the field and we're only minutes away from kick-off. Saints gather for a huddle, let by the skipper.

20.14

Dedicated comms alternative

Our commentary issue is currently being investigated, so there is another dedicated comms page for this evening. Click here.

20.06

Warm-ups commence

Time to get warm...

19.46

Congratulations, skipper 👏👏

Tonight marks James Ward-Prowse's 300th appearance in a Southampton shirt. There's also milestones for Alex McCarthy and Jack Stephens as they reach 100 appearances for Saints and 100 Premier League appearances respectively. 

19.41

Arsenal team 🔴

Starting XI: Leno (GK), Bellerin (c), Saka, Lacazette, Holding, Cedric, Partey, Pépé, Luiz, Smith-Rowe, Xhaka.


Subs: Ryan (GK), Gabriel, Willian, Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Elneny, Willock, Nketiah, Martinelli. 

19.17

McCarthy returns 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy (GK), Valery, Stephens, Bednarek, Vokins, Diallo, Ward-Prowse (c), Armstrong, Walcott, Adams, Ings. 

Subs: Forster (GK), Ramsay, Jankewitz, Watts, Chauke, Ferry, Redmond, Long, Nlundulu. 

19.15

Taking in the scenery 😍

Working up towards tonight's 8:15pm kick-off...

18.32

Journey back to December 😇

The best of the action from Saints' visit to Emirates Stadium this season...

18.21

I think he is so far also experienced that he is not nervous anymore and he knows what he has to do." 

Ralph hasenhüttl
on jake vokins
17.48
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Predictions for tonight's action...

Predictions for tonight's action...

The results so far:

  • Another Saints win, just like Saturday
    62%
  • A competitive game that'll end in a draw
    24%
  • Arsenal will edge it
    14%

SAINTS: Armstrong excited for Saints' future

Stuart Armstrong is our latest cover star when SAINTS returns for the Premier League visit of Arsenal to St Mary’s tonight. Click here to find out what else is inside. 

17.25

TACTICAL WATCH: Diallo's new role

Can Ibrahima Diallo's energy disrupt Arsenal's passing rhythm? 

Sam Tighe looks ahead to another meeting between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's – this time in the Premier League – in the latest edition of Tactical Watch, in association with Sportsbet.io.

17.19

we defend better as a team together and this is always the basis of everything.

ralph hasenhüttl
on saints' defensive improvement
10.23

A date with the boss 😇

The manager sits down to chat Arsenal, form guide, who will or won't feature for Saints and the psychology behind playing a team twice in four days.

17.25

⏪⏪ REWIND: To 4️⃣ days ago 😅

The best bits from a 1-0 triumph over Arsenal last weekend, as Saints sealed FA Cup progression.

17.24

STAT ATTACK 🤓

Southampton have kept six home Premier League clean sheets this season, as many as they did in 2018/19 and 2019/20 combined; the Saints last kept more at St. Mary’s in 2016/17 (8).

16.38

BACK AT ST MARY'S 😇

More action from the south coast, coming live to you from St Mary's Stadium! Saints host Arsenal for the second time in 4 days, having dumped Mikel Arteta's side out of the FA Cup at the weekend. Ralph Hasenhüttl is expecting to face a much changed side this evening, while he'll be without regular full-back pairing Ryan Bertrand and Kyle Walker-Peters. Kick-off tonight is 8:15pm GMT!

16.37

SOU vs ARS Line Ups

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
5
Jack Stephens
29
Jake Vokins
replace Nathan Redmond (66′)
18
Yan Valery
35
Jan Bednarek
27
Ibrahima Diallo
32
Theo Walcott
replace Daniel N'Lundulu (74′)
17
Stuart Armstrong goal
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
9
Danny Ings
replace Caleb Watts (74′) yellow card
10
Che Adams
40
Daniel N'Lundulu
72
Kgaogelo Chauke
65
Caleb Watts
47
Will Ferry
64
Alexandre Jankewitz
44
Fraser Forster
7
Shane Long
31
Kayne Ramsay
11
Nathan Redmond

Arsenal

1
Bernd Leno (GK)
16
Rob Holding
23
David Luiz
17
Cédric Soares
2
Héctor Bellerín (C) yellow card
34
Granit Xhaka
19
Nicolas Pépé yellow card goal
replace Joseph Willock (92′)
18
Thomas Partey
replace Mohamed Elneny (78′)
32
Emile Smith Rowe
replace Willian (72′)
7
Bukayo Saka goal
9
Alexandre Lacazette goal
21
Calum Chambers
6
Gabriel Magalhães
30
Eddie Nketiah
25
Mohamed Elneny
33
Mat Ryan
12
Willian
15
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
35
Gabriel Martinelli
28
Joseph Willock

SOU vs ARS Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Arsenal
  • Possession (%)
    58
    comparison angle
    42
  • Shots
    13
    comparison angle
    9
  • Shots on target
    5
    comparison angle
    5
  • Corners
    4
    comparison angle
    5
  • Passes Complete
    421
    comparison angle
    273

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
1
Stuart Armstrong
shots on target
Shots On Target
1
Theo Walcott
chances created
Chances Created
3
Stuart Armstrong
passes completed
Passes Completed
77
James Ward-Prowse
tackles
Tackles
5
Yan Valery
clearances
Clearances
7
Jack Stephens
saves
Saves
1
Alex McCarthy