Saints undone at Emirates

Emirates Stadium | Sun 08 Apr 2.15PM | Attendance: 59,374
Match Report Highlights

Arsenal vs Saints Match Centre

Arsenal vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments

  • Saints suffer cruel 3-2 defeat at Emirates Stadium
  • Danny Welbeck headed a late winner for Arsenal
  • Long and Austin got Southampton's goals
  • Jack Stephens and Mohamed Elneny sent off late on

A look back on the key images of the day 📸

Take a look at our selection of images from this afternoon's match.

16.37

Read our report from Emirates Stadium

A dramatic afternoon in the capital sees Arsenal edge a five-goal thriller. Read our take on events by clicking here.

16.33

FULL TIME: Arsenal 3-2 Southampton

It's harsh on Southampton, who probably deserve something from the game. At least Mark Hughes can take heart from a spirited show from his players at Emirates Stadium, as attention turns to next Saturday's home game against Chelsea.

+6’

Yellow Card for Wesley Hoedt (Southampton)

Wesley Hoedt is booked for a late tackle.

+3’

Red Card for Mohamed Naser El Sayed Elneny (Arsenal)

Both teams down to ten men! Mohamed Elneny is shown a straight red for raising his hands.

+2’

Yellow Card for Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Jack Wilshere is yellow carded for his foul on Jack Stephens.

+2’

Red Card for Jack Stephens (Southampton)

Jack Stephens is sent off for his retaliation on Jack Wilshere after he literally rips the Saints defender's shirt in half as he runs up the pitch.

90’

Four minutes of added time

We're into the final minutes here at Emirates Stadium. Come on, Saints!

87’

Sims denied by fine block

Saints threaten once again, with the ball moved to Josh Sims in space down the inside-right, but Rob Holding gets across to make a superb sliding block from his shot.

85’

Tadić nearly makes it 3-3

A brilliant turn and shot from Dušan Tadić in the area, but Petr Čech does brilliantly to tip it over.

Welbeck restores Arsenal's lead again

Alex Iwobi crosses to the back post, and Danny Welbeck is there to bounce home a header. 😩

80’

GOAL

Danny Welbeck (80’) | Arsenal 3 2 Southampton

80’

Southampton substitution: Josh Sims replaces Shane Long

Long has battled through an injury for a while in this game, but can't go on any longer and is replaced by Sims.

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79’

Austin nearly gets a second

Dušan Tadić flicks a ball over the top for Charlie Austin, but under pressure he can only stab a shot straight at Petr Čech.

78’

Welbeck misses a glorious chance

Saints are so lucky here. Iwobi's chip to the back post finds Wilshere, who acrobatically turns the ball back across goal. Welbeck is unmarked six yards out, but somehow diverts the ball up and over. What an escape!

75’

Arsenal substitution: Rob Holding replaces Héctor Bellerín

Arsenal make their final change of the afternoon.

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GOALSCORER 10 Charlie Austin

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

What an impact! Austin levels for Saints within moments of coming on. Superb work from Cédric, who drives into the right side of the area and fires a low ball across the face of goal for Austin to turn in. GET IN!

72’

GOOOAL!!!

Charlie Austin (72’) | Arsenal 2 2 Southampton

71’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Maya Yoshida

Mark Hughes makes his first change of the day, and it's a very attacking one.

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70’

Arsenal substitution: Alexandre Lacazette replaces Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal make their second change of the afternoon.

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68’

Hoedt tests Čech from distance

Wesley Hoedt fires in a well-struck, left-footed shot from distance, but Petr Čech is again equal to it, flying to his right to push the ball wide.

Saints applying plenty of pressure

Southampton still searching for what would be a precious equaliser. They've been looking threatening in the second half, but Arsenal's slender lead remains intact.

64’

Arsenal substitution: Jack Wilshere replaces Reiss Nelson

The first change of the day is made by the hosts.

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64’

Long denied by offside flag 😔

Cédric fires in a low shot, but doesn't get his angle right. It goes right into the path of Shane Long, though, who shows great reactions to stick out his left leg and divert it past Petr Čech, but it's correctly ruled out for offside.

62’

Čech with a superb stop from Long

Dušan Tadić whips a ball in from the left, with Shane Long rising to meet it and head it back across goal. It's creeping just inside the post, but Petr Čech flings himself to his right and tips it wide.

56’

Hoedt's header cleared off the line

Close to an equaliser for Saints. James Ward-Prowse's corner is met at the near post by Wesley Hoedt, who flicks a header towards the far corner, but Mohamed Elneny is on the line to head it clear.

53’

Højbjerg denied by Čech

The ball drops to Pierre-Emile Højbjerg 25 yards out, and he unleashes a thunderous low drive that nearly beats Petr Čech, but the Arsenal keeper manages to push the ball away.

52’

McCarthy with another fine save

Alex Iwobi fires in a brilliant strike from just outside the box that's swerving in, but Alex McCarthy dives superbly to his right and gets fingertips to the shot to tip it round the post.

50’

Yellow Card for Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal)

Héctor Bellerín loses the ball to Shane Long on the halfway line then tugs him back, receiving a yellow card for the foul.

47’

McCarthy denies Aubameyang and Xhaka

Two excellent saves in quick succession from Alex McCarthy, as he first repels Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's shot across goal, before making a superb stop to tip Granit Xhaka's low, slicing effort from outside the area wide of the post.

45’

Arsenal get the second half under way...

Come on, Saints! Let's get back into this!

HT

The teams return to the pitch!

Both sides are back out for the start of the second half.

First-half images 📸

Check out a selection of images from an eventful opening 45 minutes at Emirates Stadium.

HALF TIME: Arsenal 2-1 Southampton

Saints will feel aggrieved to have gone in behind, given how they have played. It started brilliantly, with Shane Long's 17th-minute opener, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Welbeck have turned the game on its head.

45’

Chambers denied by Hoedt

Close to a goal against his former club for Calum Chambers, but his low shot across goal from 18 yards is well blocked by Wesley Hoedt.

43’

Ward-Prowse fires wide from distance

James Ward-Prowse pounces on a loose bouncing ball 25 yards out and fires in a low, right-footed shot, but it slices a yard or two wide of the post.

Welbeck puts the hosts in front

This is really cruel on Saints, who have played well in this first half. Danny Welbeck cuts onto his right foot on the edge of the area and fires goalwards. The ball deflects off Maya Yoshida and spins past Alex McCarthy, who was left with no chance.

37’

GOAL

Danny Welbeck (37’) | Arsenal 2 1 Southampton

35’

Xhaka wastes a good chance for the hosts

After Oriol Romeu brings down Danny Welbeck 25 yards out, Granit Xhaka steps up and tries to whip a left-footed strike up and over the wall, but it just keeps going up and clears the bar comfortably.

33’

Chambers with an acrobatic effort

Arsenal starting to apply some pressure now, after their equaliser. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's cross is met by Calum Chambers's scissor kick, but, although it's heading towards the far corner, it doesn't have enough on it to trouble Alex McCarthy.

Arsenal equalise through Aubameyang

Arsenal finally produce a slick move around Southampton's penalty area, ending with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang prodding home. Harsh on Saints.

28’

GOAL

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (28’) | Arsenal 1 1 Southampton

23’

A quiet period since the goal

Saints will be more than satisfied that the game has gone through a fairly low-key patch since the goal. So far, Mark Hughes's tactics are working a treat for the visitors.

GOALSCORER 7 Shane Long

GET IN, LONGY! 🙌

It's no less than what Southampton deserve! Long reacts quickest at the near post to Cédric's low cross and flicks the ball brilliantly into the far corner! YES!!!

16’

GOOOAL!!!

Shane Long (16’) | Arsenal 0 1 Southampton

Remembering Ray Wilkins

The players join a minute's applause in memory of Ray Wilkins ahead of kick-off.

10’

Better from Saints!

That Ward-Prowse opportunity has sparked a short spell of pressure from the visitors, with Dušan Tadić getting to the byline and firing in a low cross that's turned behind. Mark Hughes's men are also looking dangerous on the break.

8’

Ward-Prowse so close to an opener!

Dušan Tadić pounces on a loose ball in behind, and does well to square to James Ward-Prowse. He takes a touch and fires back across goal on his left foot, but Hector Bellerin gets back to clear it off the line.

6’

Arsenal dominating the ball

Saints' back five have done a strong job so far, with the hosts unable to create an opportunity as yet, but it's the Gunners who are well in control of possession early on.

3’

McCarthy alert to Welbeck danger

A long, angled pass in behind Saints' defence seeks out Danny Welbeck, but Alex McCarthy is well-positioned to grab the ball ahead of the Arsenal forward.

0’

Saints get us started! 👊

We're under way here at Emirates Stadium! Come on, Saints!

A tribute to Ray Wilkins ahead of kick-off

Following the tragic passing of Ray Wilkins earlier this week, both clubs and the supporters inside Emirates Stadium have held a minute's applause in his memory. ahead of the match getting under way.

14.14

Teams in the tunnel!

We're only a few minutes away from kick-off, with both sides lining up in the Emirates Stadium tunnel! We'll have live game updates for you here, and don't forget you can also listen to our free commentary of the match!

14.10

Saints warming up! 📸

Not long to go now! Kick-off is at 2.15pm BST.

14.07
Scott Chapman

Emirates arsenal v saints ... come on saints #arsenal #saintsfc #premierleague

13.53
Southampton FC

Appearance number 200! Congratulations, @prowsey16 👏 #saintsfc

13.42

what happened last week was not acceptable. we have done a lot of good work in the week and we are looking very much forward to showing it today. we are well prepared and now it's about showing what we did in training on the pitch.

pierre-emile højbjerg
saints midfielder's pre-match thoughts
13.31
Penny Cotton

The sunny Emirates. COY SAINTS we can do this!!! #SaintsFC #WeMarchOn #TogetherAsOne

13.26

Saints head into Emirates Stadium...

Watch as the Saints squad arrived at Arsenal earlier this afternoon.

13.24

Ward-Prowse to make his 200th Saints appearance!

Congratulations to James Ward-Prowse, who makes his 200th appearance for Southampton today! The midfielder is one of four changes for Saints, with Maya Yoshida, Oriol Romeu and Shane Long also coming into the line-up. Nathan Redmond, Manolo Gabbiadini and Charlie Austin drop to the bench, with Mario Lemina missing out completely.

13.20

ARSENAL TEAM CONFIRMED

Starting XI: Čech, Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Kolašinac, Elneny, Xhaka, Iwobi, Nelson, Welbeck, Aubameyang.


Subs: Macey, Monreal, Holding, Nketiah, Wilshere, Özil, Lacazette.

13.18

SOUTHAMPTON XI REVEALED

Starting XI: McCarthy, Cédric, Stephens, Hoedt, Yoshida, Bertrand (c), Romeu, Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Tadić, Long.


Subs: Forster, Pied, Sims, Redmond, Boufal, Gabbiadini, Austin.

13.14

The squad arrives!

Saints have made their way into Emirates Stadium, ahead of this afternoon's game.

12.58

Team news at 1.15pm BST

Not long to wait until Mark Hughes's team for the day is revealed. The boss hinted there would be changes after last week's 3-0 defeat at West Ham, and we'll have all the news for you here as soon as it's confirmed.

12.53

Hughes meets the press...

The manager met with members of the media on Friday, at Staplewood Campus. Watch to see what he had to say in response to their questions.

12.47

the time is very short. you could see that in the second half against cska we suffered a little bit. the question mark for me will be, who do i rest, who do i bring in? but the main priority will be to win.

arsène wenger
arsenal boss on a quick turnaround from europe
12.44

Saints train ahead of Arsenal showdown! 📸

Check out some of our images from the week, as Southampton trained at Staplewood Campus in preparation for today's game.

12.17

The scene is set! 📸

Check out our images from behind the scenes at Emirates Stadium, ahead of the teams arriving.

12.00
Laura

On route to Arsenal... ⚽ #SaintsFC #southampton #southamptonfc #awaydays #arsenal #football #wemarchon

11.46

Watch the manager's preview! 🎥

We've been speaking to Mark Hughes ahead of this afternoon's visit to Emirates Stadium. Find out what he had to say to us about the game.

11.45
Southampton FC

M A T C H D A Y 💪 #saintsfc

11.09

Sam mcqueen has a groin strain unfortunately, so he won't be involved. mario lemina has been ill this week, but has trained. everyone is fit, healthy and ready to go.

mark hughes
saints boss gives a team news update
10.22

Flashback: Arsenal 0-2 Saints

A repeat of the scoreline on the last trip to Emirates Stadium would do nicely today! Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand both netted as Southampton won 2-0 in the quarter-finals of last season's League Cup. Watch back the best of the action!

10.13

Welcome to Matchday Live!

It's matchday for Southampton, who are in the capital for a Premier League clash with Arsenal. A win today would take Mark Hughes's side out of the bottom three by virtue of goal difference, ahead of a return home to face Chelsea next weekend. As always, we'll have the build-up, team news, live match updates and free commentary from Emirates Stadium for you, so stick with us!

10.09

Arsenal vs Saints Line Ups

Arsenal

33
Petr Cech (GK) (C)
20
Shkodran Mustafi
24
Héctor Bellerín
Rob Holding (74′)
21
Calum Chambers
31
Sead Kolasinac
61
Reiss Nelson
Jack Wilshere (64′)
23
Danny Welbeck
29
Granit Xhaka
17
Alex Iwobi
35
Mohamed Elneny
14
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Alexandre Lacazette (71′)
11
Mesut Özil
62
Eddie Nketiah
18
Nacho Monreal
10
Jack Wilshere
9
Alexandre Lacazette
54
Matt Macey
16
Rob Holding

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
5
Jack Stephens
6
Wesley Hoedt
3
Maya Yoshida
Charlie Austin (72′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
2
Cédric Soares
14
Oriol Romeu
16
James Ward-Prowse
7
Shane Long
Josh Sims (80′)
11
Dusan Tadic
22
Nathan Redmond
19
Sofiane Boufal
39
Josh Sims
44
Fraser Forster
26
Jérémy Pied
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
10
Charlie Austin

Arsenal vs Saints Match Stats

Arsenal

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    65
    35
  • Shots
    13
    15
  • Shots on target
    7
    8
  • Corners
    8
    6
  • Passes Complete
    597
    266

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Shane Long
Shane Long
Shots On Target
2
Shane Long
Shane Long
Chances Created
3
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Passes Completed
44
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
3
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Clearances
7
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Saves
4
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy