PL2 Report: Arsenal 1-2 Saints

By SFC Media time Fri 11 Sep Arsenal vs Saints
Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC | Kazeem Olaigbe
Fri 11 Sep 3PM
Premier League 2 - Division 1
Arsenal
1
Southampton
2
Cottrell [11']
goal
Sims [48'] Chauke [64']
Bola (18') Azeez (41') Cottrell (54')
yellow card
Ramsay (15') Sims (57')
red card
Ramsay (52')
Referee: Robert Whitton | Venue: Arsenal Training Centre | Attendance: 0

The perfect start for Southampton's B team in Premier League 2, as they came from behind to beat Arsenal at London Colney.

Arsenal broke the deadlock against the run of play after just 11 minutes; Ben Cottrell making the most of a deflection before slotting the ball past Harry Lewis.

Saints continued to dominate proceedings and got their reward soon after the break; Josh Sims converting a dangerous Callum Slattery cross at the back post.

The visitors took a hit to their momentum just four minutes later, with Kayne Ramsay sent off for a second bookable offence.

But it didn’t dampen their spirits, half-time substitute Kegs Chauke rounding off a neat Saints move on 64 minutes to complete the comeback.

Saints started the game with intent, pressing Arsenal back from the off and nearly reaping their rewards early on; Dan N’Lundulu testing Matt Macey from close range on five minutes.

But despite the strong start, a quick Gunners breakaway led to the first goal of the afternoon after 11 minutes; Cottrell capitalising from a fortunate ricochet to slot home from close range.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Dan N'Lundulu(centre) of Southampton during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal U23 and Southampton U23 at London Colney on September 11, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Dan N'Lundulu during the first half.

Despite Arsenal’s early breakthrough Saints continued to see the lion’s share of possession, pressing their hosts at any given opportunity. 

Sims’ pace through midfield proved especially difficult for the hosts to handle as the half wore on; the Saints number ten notably winning a free kick after 40 minutes which Tom O’Connor hit just wide.

Slattery was next to test the Arsenal keeper, firing his effort from range which was eventually an easy collect for Macey between the sticks.

Despite their dominance in terms of possession, Saints went in at the break a goal behind. 

The second half saw more of the same territorial ascendency from the visitors, only this time it took just three minutes for Saints to make it count.

Slattery’s dangerous whipped cross was destined for the far corner, before Sims made sure of it at the back post by bundling the ball in from close range. 

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Callum Slattery(L) of Southamptonl during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal U23 and Southampton U23 at London Colney on September 11, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Callum Slattery skippered the side.

Amongst the crowd following in were N’Lundulu, Kazeem Olaigbe and half-time substitute Chauke, but it was Sims who got the decisive touch.

With Saints enjoying their momentum it was suddenly brought to a halt just four minutes following the goal; Ramsay being sent off for a second yellow card on 52 minutes.

But it didn’t appear to affect the pattern of the play long term, with Saints grabbing a second just shy of 65 minutes.

Will Ferry produced an inch perfect cross from the left flank into the path of the onrushing Chauke, who fired home the second of the afternoon for the visitors.

The remaining of the game saw Arsenal come more into the forefront in terms of the action, with Saints having to withstand the waves of pressure coming their way.

Despite the Gunners’ possession, Harry Lewis remained relatively untroubled in the Saints net, thanks in part to the work of the ten men in front of him.

Saints continued to block Arsenal out for the entire of the six minutes stoppage time, before their deserved win was confirmed.

Arsenal

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    58
    comparison angle
    42
  • Shots
    4
    comparison angle
    10
  • Shots on target
    2
    comparison angle
    5
  • Corners
    3
    comparison angle
    6
  • Passes Complete
    353
    comparison angle
    218

Arsenal PL2

1
Matt Macey (GK)
4
Daniel Oyegoke
replace Jordan McEneff (77′)
5
Mark McGuinness (C)
3
Tolaji Bola yellow card
2
Ryan Alebiousu
replace Tim Akinola (63′)
8
James Olayinka
10
Ben Cottrell yellow card goal
6
Miguel Azeez yellow card
9
Folarin Balogun
7
Catalin Cirjan
replace Salah-Edine Oulad M'hand (59′)
11
George Lewis
15
Tim Akinola
12
Mazeed Ogungbo
14
Salah-Edine Oulad M'hand
16
Jordan McEneff
13
James Hillson

Southampton PL2

1
Harry Lewis (GK)
4
Thomas O'Connor
3
Will Ferry
2
Pascal Kpohomouh
5
Kayne Ramsay red card
9
Daniel N'Lundulu
6
Callum Slattery (C)
11
Kazeem Olaigbe
replace Caleb Watts (56′)
10
Josh Sims yellow card goal
8
Alexandre Jankewitz
replace Kgaogelo Chauke (45′) goal
7
Romello Mitchell
replace Enzo Robise (84′)
16
Enzo Robise
13
Tommy Scott
14
Kgaogelo Chauke
12
David Agbontohoma
15
Caleb Watts

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