Arsenal left St Mary’s with all three factors reward wrapped thanks largely to a evident error from Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
The Saints stopper was at fault for Arsenal’s opening purpose after Eddie Nketiah charged down his move to attain.
Southampton pressed late on looking for an equaliser, with stand-in keeper Emiliano Martinez fantastically denying Shane Long.
But any hopes of a comeback disappeared when Jack Stephens was despatched off for a last-man foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Joe Willock then doubled Arsenal’s benefit from the resultant free-kick, reacting to a rebound off McCarthy to seal the win.
Here are the speaking factors from St Mary’s.
1. Arsenal again to profitable methods
After a tough restart Arsenal acquired again to profitable methods with a deserved three factors towards Southampton.
They could properly have capitalised on some success with their opener, however they diminished the house facet to few possibilities, and reduce them open on plenty of events.
On one other day Arsenal’s lack of composure in entrance of purpose could have value them, as they wasted a number of respectable openings, and so they began sitting deep early on to guard their lead, which might have backfired.
But they weathered what Southampton threw at them and added a second late on, in what was total a strong, managed show.
Just what they wanted after the chaos of current video games.
2. Gift for Gunners
Arsenal began the brighter of the edges and had scared Southampton early on – however they might have scarcely believed their luck for his or her opening purpose.
Saints’ keeper Alex McCarthy had solely minutes earlier tipped Aubameyang’s effort onto the crossbar, however then dropped a clanger to reward Arsenal the lead.
He had loads of time to regulate to take care of the again move, however the presence of Nketiah pressured his mistake.
Not one McCarthy might be wanting again on in a rush. Shocker.
3. Nketiah making his probability depend
It was one other good day’s work for Eddie Nketiah on the tip of Arsenal’s assault.
The teenager appears to be like sharp, he is stuffed with operating, and Mikel Arteta appears to like him.
There was greater than a slice of excellent fortune together with his purpose, however he confirmed the need to chase the ball down within the first place.
A bit extra composure was wanted when he acquired via quickly after, spraying his shot miles huge after getting his strategy improper.
But he could properly have had a second had Aubameyang’s cross discovered him in a while, and his tempo was a relentless outlet.
You would not have predicted this sort of impression for him again in January, and he solely appears to be going from power to power.
4. Bellerin off the tempo
On a good afternoon for Arsenal, Hector Bellerin wasn’t fairly in the identical tune.
The right-back misplaced a number of passes within the opening exchanges, and when he did discover one other Arsenal shirt it was usually going backwards.
Nicolas Pepe had little assist within the attacking third from his teammate, and one well-timed, sort out on Ryan Bertrand apart, Bellerin regarded the weak hyperlink down Arsenal’s proper.
Nathan Redmond nearly capitalised from his lacklustre defending when he was left free on the far submit, solely to fireside into the facet netting.
And with Cedric Soares being supplied a four-year contract, Bellerin will little question have one eye over his shoulder, particularly after this show.
5. Guendouzi axed
Following his exploits at Brighton, Matteo Guendouzi was ignored of the Arsenal squad that travelled to Southampton.
Having struggled to pressure his means into first-team reckoning below Arteta, the remaining fixtures supplied an opportunity for Guendouzi to stake his declare for a daily beginning berth.
But requested earlier than the sport why he had left Guendouzi out, a stoney-faced Arteta hinted at an “internal issue” with the participant.
The Frenchman had a run-in with Mikel Arteta on a warm-weather coaching camp in Dubai again in February, and one other incident will do nothing to curry favour together with his boss.
Despite displaying loads of promise, the teenager’s future on the membership now seems to be hanging within the stability.
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