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Arsenal - Southampton
Premier League - 24 February 2019
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That's it, an easy win for Arsenal. Southampton remain in the bottom three but there's no result yet in the United-Liverpool game so it will become clear soon whether Arsenal are back into the top four.
There will be three minutes of added time, at least.
Austin chases down a ball and Koscielny is on hand to punt it clear for a throw on the left wing for Southampton.
Mustafi concedes a corner on the left wing - perhaps the last chance for Southampton to spark a comeback here.
Aubameyang runs to his right in the box to make space, but his shot is drilled at a defender.
Ozil sets up Aubameyang to bring a great save from Gunn with moments to go. Ozil flicked the pass down the line for the striker, and his cross inside for Lacazette was deflected goalwards before hitting the 'keeper's legs.
Depending on what happens in the United-Liverpool match, this win (I assume it'll be a win) could see Arsenal back in the top four.
Leno is put under pressure by Redmond and his clearance strikes the winger before drifting out for an Arsenal throw.
Arsenal are sitting back and allowing Southampton the ball. In theory, that's fine, but they are sitting so far back that it's probably too easy for them to get into their penalty area.
Ward-Prowse lashses a ball at goal which lumps against a defender and away.
- OffAlex IwobiArsenal
- OnPierre-Emerick AubameyangArsenal
Iwobi is the man to be replaced by Aubameyang.
Iwobi gets a little bit of assistance with cramp on the sidelines.
Corner on the left for Southampton, but it's headed back out to Ward-Prowse. It comes to Redmond who loops a cross to Austin, and he heads it high into the air for Leno to grasp.
Southampton have the ball back in their defence, with Arsenal content to keep them at arm's length.
- OffMichael ObafemiSouthampton
- OnMohamed ElyounoussiSouthampton
Elyounoussi is on for Obafemi.
Obafemi has gone down and he looks to have twanged his hamstring.
- OffAaron RamseyArsenal
- OnMesut ÖzilArsenal
Here's Mesut Ozil.
Several minutes of sustained possession for Arsenal give Kolasinac the charge to send in two dangerous balls across the six-yard box.
Southampton send a through ball for Obafemi, but it's hit far too hard and scoots through to the 'keeper.
- OffStephan LichtsteinerArsenal
- OnLaurent KoscielnyArsenal
Lichtsteiner replaced by Koscielny.
Southampton have had 55% of the ball in the second half, which is a decent reflection of their improved performance so far.
Xhaka plays the ball witlessly to Ward-Prowse, and he slices a firm volley just wide of the post from distance.
Ramsey toes a volley out wide for Lacazette. He stands up his marker, gets it back from Mkhitaryan, and is dispossessed in the box.
- OffStuart ArmstrongSouthampton
- OnMichael ObafemiSouthampton
And here's the Obafemi sub - he has just caught Xhaka on the ankle with a late challenge, too.
- OffJack StephensSouthampton
- OnCharlie AustinSouthampton
Here's the Austin sub.
- 2nd Half
Obafemi and Austin on. Stephens is off... as is another player I will find. The second half gets going.
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And that's it - see you in 15 minutes.
There will be a couple of minutes added time.
Mkhitaryan wins a corner onthe right a flicked shot at the near post. Southampton get the set piece away.
Kolasinac strides forward at pace, spins into the box, tees up Lacazette who shifts the ball and drills it at Gunn, who sticks out a leg to save.
Mustafi follows up a loose ball outside the box, it runs to Lacazette and he scoops a shot from close range over the bar.
Only a few minutes before half time, and you can maybe expect a few Southampton fans to do one home.
Arsenal play the ball about in defence, with Southampton giving them plenty of room to do so.
Nothing doing from the free kick and Arsenal play all the way back to Leno.
Some special one-touch play down the left sees Valery trip Ramsey on the left of the box. Free kick for Arsenal.
Arsenal have had more than two-thirds, 68 per cent, of the ball so far.
Lacazette pulls out wide, receives the ball, and drifts a cross behind for a goal kick.
There's about an hour left of the game, but on the strength of the last few minutes it's not unreasonable to suggest the ref blows for full time and we all go for a rest.
Iwobi very nearly slides in Kolasinac in around the back, but the ball is cut out.
Arsenal dominating the ball now, but they are struggling for rhythm with Southampton chasing everything down.
Arsenal head the ball clear, and Southampton's defence have it back.
Valery forces the ball into the box and Sokratis comes out to block his cross. Corner on the right wing.
Xhaka lashes a rising shot at goal which is blocked by a defender. Arsenal well on top here.
- GoalHenrikh MkhitaryanArsenal
GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Southampton. Mhkitaryan scores - A poor backpass from Stephens after a firm backpass from Stephens. His clearance goes out to Iwobi, who advances forward, shifts it right to Mkhitaryan, and he drills it in at the near post.
Kolasinac gets a bosh in the head and is down to get some treatment. Moments before, Targett took one touch in the box before driving an effort across goal that Leno beat away.
That should be it for Arsenal now. Southampton lack hope, and they are by far the better side.
- GoalAlexandre LacazetteArsenal
GOAL! Southampton 0-1 Arsenal. Lacazette scores - Henrikh Mkhitaryan has the first shot, but Lacazette is on hand to react quickly and put his side ahead.
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Five minutes until kick-off.
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A win for Southampton would take them out of the relegation zone but they would have to absolutely smash Arsenal to overtake Brighton in 16th.
A win for Arsenal would help them cut the gap on Spurs, and depending on the result between Manchester United, could get them into fourth place.
Southamton are their usual mediocre selves, looking for a miracle to change their mood to something less doomed.
Arsenal have a pretty strong bench, with Mesut Ozil there again after failing to win around Unai Emery. New signing Denis Suarez keeps him company.
TEAMS: Arsenal: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Iwobi, Lacazette. Subs: Cech, Koscielny, Monreal, Guendouzi, Suarez, Ozil, Aubameyang. /// Southampton: Gunn, Valery, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Stephens, Targett, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond. Subs: McCarthy, Bertrand, Yoshida, Slattery, Elyounoussi, Obafemi, Austin.
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