Gunners Crushed Saints to Move up EPL table. In Saturday’s Premier League match, Arsenal won 3-0 at home against an unimpressive Southampton.
Mikel Arteta left Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of his squad on Saturday owing to a “disciplinary breach,” but Alexandre Lacazette stepped up to score the game’s first goal, before Martin Odegaard added a second half goal.
Gabriel netted a third after the break before Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka were each denied by the woodwork, with Southampton long since having given up on ending a winless run away at Arsenal that extends to 27 league matches.
Saints are five without a win and just six points above the relegation zone, but victory moved Arsenal within a point of fourth-placed West Ham.
Although Aaron Ramsdale denied Adam Armstrong and James Ward-Prowse as Arsenal started tentatively, they were soon ahead after a lovely passage of play was capped off by Lacazette finding the top-right corner following Saka’s cutback.
And it was two just six minutes later as Odegaard reacted fastest to Kieran Tierney’s looping header and sneaked in to nod past Willy Caballero – the Norway international’s third goal in as many games.
Odegaard looked to double his account after the interval but whipped over, while Nathan Tella forced another smart stop from Ramsdale.
Gabriel, who was earlier denied a goal for offside, then towered above Caballero to head home from Martinelli’s corner, before the 20-year-old and Saka were thwarted by either post.
Nathan Redmond and Tella responded by inducing a further two saves from Ramsdale, but it was too little too late as the hosts cruised to a comfortable victory.
What does it mean? Arsenal respond well at home
Arteta’s team succumbed to defeat on the road against both Manchester United and Everton but responded emphatically against Southampton and have now won three league home games in a row without conceding for the first time since October 2017.
Southampton, who badly need results over the festive period, have still never won a Premier League away game against the Gunners, their 23-match barren run away to one opponent the longest in the competition’s history.
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