A dreadful error from Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy assisted Arsenal achieve their initial acquire due to the fact the return of the Leading League in an entertaining game played in sweltering warmth at St Mary’s.
McCarthy faltered below strain from Eddie Nketiah following a back-go, letting the striker to intercept his attempted ball out slot into an unguarded net.
The win was sealed late on when Jack Stephens was despatched off for fouling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the previous guy and from the resulting no cost-kick substitute Joe Willock concluded soon after Alexandre Lacazette’s totally free-kick struck the wall and his adhere to-up was parried.
It was timely increase for the Gunners, who have struggled with injuries and sort because the restart, dropping their two online games prior to this.
The victory, while, was not undeserved. Prior to the target, Nketiah experienced noticed a close-range complete ruled out for offside and Aubameyang had crashed an angled energy against the bar.
Coming just after this kind of an impressive screen in their initial match back at Norwich, the consequence continues Southampton’s woeful incapability to replicate their away form at St Mary’s.
This was their 10th loss at home this time – equalling the club report for a Leading League period, established again in 1993-94 when their were being 42 games in a campaign.
With 11 points separating them and the base three it is pretty unlikely that they will get dragged into a relegation battle.
Arsenal’s earn takes them again up to 10th but they still have a good deal of perform to do if they are to salvage a little something from this league year and qualify for Europe.
Extra to follow.