St Mary's Stadium | Wed 10 May 7.45PM | Attendance: 31,474

Saints v Arsenal Match Centre

Saints v Arsenal As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Olivier Giroud's back-post header doubles Arsenal's lead
  • Shane Long, Sofiane Boufal and Jay Rodriguez are introduced
  • Alexis Sánchez puts the visitors ahead on the hour mark
  • Nathan Redmond is denied from distance by Petr Čech

Full time...

Alexis Sánchez and substitute Olivier Giroud's second-half strikes earn the visitors all three points at St Mary's.

21.37
+2’

Yellow Card for Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal)

Héctor Bellerín is booked for needlessly kicking the ball away.

88’

Arsenal substitution: Francis Coquelin replaces Mesut Özil

Arsene Wenger makes his final change of the evening. 

87’

Boufal hits the side-netting

Oriol Romeu bursts forward and slips in Sofiane Boufal, but he rattles his strike from the left against Petr Čech's side-netting. 

Two for Arsenal

Alexis Sánchez's cross from deep is headed back across goal by Aaron Ramsey before substitute Olivier Giroud then powers in a header from close range to double Arsenal's lead.

82’

Goal

Olivier Giroud (82’) | Southampton 0 2 Arsenal

80’

Southampton substitution: Jay Rodriguez replaces Dušan Tadić

Claude Puel makes his final change of the evening, as Jay Rodriguez replaces Dušan Tadić.

79’

Arsenal substitution: Olivier Giroud replaces Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck makes way for Olivier Giroud.

79’

Twinkle toes from Boufal 

Sofiane Boufal dances past three people on the edge of the area but fires his left-footed effort just wide of the post. 

Photo by Matt Watson

Tight angle!

Manolo Gabbiadini bursts free and tries his luck from an acute angle, but is denied by both the side netting and the offside flag. 

70’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Ryan Bertrand

And it's a double change for Saints, as Shane Long is also introduced. 

69’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces James Ward-Prowse

Claude Puel moves to make his first change of the evening. 

69’

Prowsey heads over!

Ryan Bertrand does incredibly well to work space on the left and cross for James Ward-Prowse at the back post, but he is unable to keep his header down.

67’

Xhaka from distance...

A short corner works its way around to Granit Xhaka who thumps one from distance, but Fraser Forster does well to get down low and parry it clear.

Arsenal take the lead

Alexis Sánchez swivels inside the penalty area to work space and then slots past Fraser Forster.

59’

Goal

Alexis Sánchez (59’) | Southampton 0 1 Arsenal

Photo by Matt Watson

The skipper in action!

Steven Davis looks to get on the ball and build an attack from inside the Saints half.

50’

Close for the visitors

Héctor Bellerin crosses low from the right and Aaron Ramsey flicks the ball towards goal, but it falls wide of the near post.

45’

We're off again...

Dušan Tadić gets the second half started for Saints! 😇

HT

Level at the break...

Despite building some good pressure and coming close through Nathan Redmond's long-range drive, Saints head into the break level with Arsenal at St Mary's. 

Photo by Matt Watson

Can this man get one before the break?

Manolo Gabbiadini surges forward in search of an opening before half time. 

44’

Yellow Card for James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

James Ward-Prowse is booked for pulling back Danny Welbeck as he looked to break free.

43’

Redmond from distance!

Nathan Redmond drives forward down the left and rifles an effort towards that top corner, but is denied by the strong left hand of Petr Čech. 

41’

Gabbiadini... 😁

Manolo Gabbiadini swings a left-footed free-kick at goal, but it flies just wide of Petr Čech's near post! 

36’

Arsenal substitution: Héctor Bellerín replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gets a good round of applause from the St Mary's faithful, as he has to make way due to injury. 

32’

A surge of pressure from Saints!

A long ball over the top tees up Dušan Tadić, but his effort is blocked by a last-minute tackle from Shkodran Mustafi. Manolo Gabbiadini's rebound effort is then well saved by Petr Čech.

Photo by Matt Watson

Maya's up!

Maya Yoshida beats Danny Welbeck in an early aerial duel.

18’

Inches away 😮

Manolo Gabbiadini breaks and plays a lovely first-time cross towards the lurking Dušan Tadić inside the Arsenal penalty area, but it is cut out by Petr Čech right at the crucial moment!

Photo by Matt Watson

Early threat 💪

Nathan Redmond has made a lively start down Saints' left flank.

4’

Davo with an early strike...

Steven Davis hits an ambitious early effort from the edge of the area, but it's just over the Arsenal crossbar. Lively start for Saints!

0’

We're off!

The visitors get us under way....

It's time! 😇

The players are emerging from the tunnel here at St Mary's.

19.42

Romeu's pre-match thoughts... 💭

Oriol Romeu speaks to the media ahead of facing Arsenal at St Mary's.

19.39

Warm-up time ⌚️

The lads are being put through their paces ahead of kick-off...

19.24

Arsenal's starting XI

Cech, Holding, Mustafi, Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Xhaka, Gibbs, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck.

18.48
Photo by Matt Watson

Here's how we line up...

Forster, Cédric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis (c), Ward-Prowse, Tadić, Redmond, Gabbiadini.

18.46

The full interview with Maya...

Here's what Southampton defender Maya Yoshida had to say ahead of this evening's game.

18.15

We showed good fighting spirit and solidarity against liverpool - we need to continue like this against arsenal.

Maya yoshida
southampton defender
17.27

🎥

Watch as the players arrive ahead of facing Arsenal in the Premier League. 

17.19

The lads are here! 💪

The players arrive at a sunny St Mary's ahead of tonight's tie with Arsenal.

16.30

What kind of game are you expecting, boss? 🤔

We spoke to Claude Puel earlier this week to get his thoughts ahead of this evening's clash with Arsenal.

16.02
Photo by Matt Watson

This evening's carpet... 😍

The St Mary's ground staff have gone all out ahead of this evening's game!

15.58

Matchday!

It's matchday at St Mary's as Southampton take on Arsenal in the Premier League. Come on, Saints! 😇

14.26

Saints v Arsenal Line Ups

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
24
Jack Stephens
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
11
Dusan Tadic
Jay Rodriguez (80′)
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
Shane Long (70′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
Sofiane Boufal (70′)
8
Steven Davis (C)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
40
Mouez Hassen
19
Sofiane Boufal
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
7
Shane Long
26
Jérémy Pied
12
Martín Cáceres
9
Jay Rodriguez

Arsenal

33
Petr Cech (GK) (C)
20
Shkodran Mustafi
16
Rob Holding
18
Nacho Monreal
15
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Héctor Bellerín (36′)
29
Granit Xhaka
8
Aaron Ramsey
3
Kieran Gibbs
23
Danny Welbeck
Olivier Giroud (80′)
7
Alexis Sánchez
11
Mesut Özil
Francis Coquelin (89′)
13
David Ospina
34
Francis Coquelin
24
Héctor Bellerín
17
Alex Iwobi
5
Gabriel
14
Theo Walcott
12
Olivier Giroud

Saints v Arsenal Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Arsenal
  • Possession (%)
    47
    53
  • Shots
    14
    11
  • Shots on target
    3
    4
  • Corners
    5
    5
  • Passes Complete
    350
    410

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Chances Created
4
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
Passes Completed
56
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Tackles
5
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
6
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Saves
2
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster