FT: Arsenal 2 Southampton 0

90+3
Arsenal by no means content with their two goals, even at this stage of the game.

90+2
Osvaldo goes down in the area looking for a penalty, but the referee is having none of it.

90+1
Sagna back on the pitch, while Wilshere gets caught offside in the Southampton area.

90
A stop in play as Sagna receives treatment after clashing with Wanyama.

89
Southampton win a free kick at an Arsenal corner, also for a shirt pull.

88
The Gunners are not done yet. They're still looking to hit Southampton on the counter attack.

87
Fonte booked for the shirt pull on Mertesacker.

86
Olivier Giroud gets his second as he sends sends Boruc the wrong way and curls it to the left into the back of the net.

85
Arsenal win a penalty as Fonte pulls Mertesacker back in the area.

83
Arsenal just sitting back and inviting the pressure.

82
Walcott gets a shot on goal from outside the area, but he skews it wide of the post.

81
Nacho Monreal comes on to replace Mesut Ozil.

81
Boruc up to old antics as he races out of the area to clear a counter attack.

80
Rodriguez with a brilliant run forward, but Koscielny gets the ball clear for a corner.

79
Southampton win a corner as Lambert's effort is deflected wide. Wanyama gets the ball from the set play, but his shot flies over the cross bar.

78
Walcott's first touch is unfortunately a wayward one, as his attempt to put Giroud through on goal goes straight to Boruc.

76
Ozil takes the Arsenal corner, but Southampton get it clear. The Gunners piling on the pressure.

75
Osvaldo with another shot from distance after a good run. It's straight at Szczesny, though.

74
And his game is over as Rosicky coming on to replace him.

73
Arteta receiving treatment on a knock.

72
Free kick to Arsenal as Wilshere is fouled by Ward-Prowse.

71
Osvaldo with a shot blocked just outside the area.

70
Arsenal sub: Walcott on for Cazorla.

69
Southampton have struggled to get into the game the last ten or so minutes, a bit disjointed in possession.

68
Wilshere with a header on goal from a Sagna cross, but his effort is straight at Boruc.

67
Theo Walcott is ready to make his return to action after an injury lay-off.

66
Another good attacking move by Arsenal, but it's snuffed out for a goal kick.

65
Arteta with another set play from distance, finds Koscielny in the box, but the Frenchman's header is rather weak and the Saints clear their lines.

64
Arsenal with a deep free kick. Arteta delivers a great ball, but Southampton get it clear.

63
Cazorla dribbles his way into the box and shoots straight at Boruc. Had better options in Giroud and Wilshere.

62
Southampton shading the possession here in the second half.

61
And Southampton have a free kick for a foul in the box.

61
Gibbs tries to put Giroud through on goal, but Fonte does well to cut it out and clear it for a corner.

60
An Arsenal cross into the box is well gathered by Boruc.

59
Arsenal passing the ball around the Southampton area.

58
Ozil is crowded out in midfield, the game has opened up a bit in the last minute.

57
Another free-flowing attacking move into the box from the Gunners, but Giroud is caught offside.

56
Arsenal now with a spell of possession of their own.

54
Arsenal struggling to get the ball off the Saints at the moment. There's no real attacking intent in their possession, though.

53
Saints sub: Dani Osvaldo coming on for Adam Lallana.

53
The Saints with possession, Rodriguez makes a good run forward, but his shot is deflected wide.

52
Good attacking move from Southampton, Lallana's powerful effort is straight at Szczesny.

50
They do have the ball back, though, but Clyne's cross is easily gathered by Szczesny.

49
Southampton yet again called offside.

48
Victor Wanyam gets booked for a sliding challenge on Cazorla.

47
Southampton made a half-time substitution with Steven Davis coming on for the injured Luke Shaw.

46
Quick start to the second half, as both sides have a player caught offside.

46
We're back underway here for the second half.

An open game in the first half, and Arsenal leading thanks to an unbelievable goalkeeping error. Gunners 1-0 Southampton.

45+2
Sagna with a high and powerful cross to the far post, but he put a bit too much on it and Boruc sees it out of play.

45+1
Hooiveld goes into the referee's book for a high challenge on Giroud.

45
Ozil once again called offside. Fourth official shows three minutes added on.

44
A bit of a lull in play once again. Schneiderlin looks like he'll be fine.

43
Schneiderlin now down receiving treatment for a head injury.

43
Arteta with a wayward cross into the box, over all his teammates.

42
Arsenal win a corner after a good run down the flank from Gibbs.

41
Ozil gets the ball in midfield.

40
Clyne does well to get back and cut out Gibbs' ball across the boz.

39
A good attacking move from Southampton as Lallana does brilliantly to get his shot away. Szczesny makes a good save, though.

38
The Arsenal attack constantly looking to press Boruc when he gets the ball.

37
Seems like a bit of a running battle developing between Wanyama and Giroud.

36
Lovely bit of play from the Gunners, but Ozil starts his run too soon and is called offside.

35
Giroud down again after a challenge from Hooiveld.

34
Szczesny easily gathers Shaw's cross into the box, originally meant for Lambert.

33
Hooiveld wins another corner after his header is deflected out of play. The second corner is punched clear by Szczesny.

32
Lallana forces a save after pouncing on a missed clearance by Arteta.

30
Southampton piling on the pressure now, Arsenal get the ball back, but Schneiderlin makes an absolute fantastic tackle to win the ball off Cazorla.

29
A bit of a lull in play.

28
Southampton just keeping a hold of the ball for the time being, just trying to play their way back into the match.

27
First corner comes to nothing, but Southampton have another one...but Arsenal temporarily clear the danger.

26
Clyne beats his man to get into the box, but waits too long before releasing the ball. Saints corner.

25
Cazorla goes down under challenge from Wanyama, again the referee is having none of it.

24
All Arsenal now as the Saints look a bit shell-shocked after the goal.

23
Self inflicted wound for the Saints after a bright start to the match. Many wondering what Boruc was thinking there.

22
GOAL! Boruc tries to dribble out from the back in his own area, Giroud pressures him and wins the ball. Easy finish for the Frenchman.

21
Play back underway after Wilshere is escorted off the pitch.

20
Wilshere down on the edge of the penalty area after a strong challenge from Wanyama, but the referee waved play on. No free kick.

19
Wilshere tries to link up with Sagna down the right flank, but Luke Shaw gets the ball clear for an Arsenal throw.

18
Ramsey strikes the post with a deft backheel flick. Terrific skill.

17
Arsenal camped out in the Southampton half now.

16
Arsenal with the ball in midfield.

15
Szczesny attempts the long ball over the top, but Giroud is offside.

14
Play back underway as Ozil tries to put Giroud through on goal. Boruc rushes out to clear the ball.

12
Arsenal piling on the pressure with some good, intricate attacking play, but play is stopped so Shaw can receive some treatment.

11
Ooh, Wilshere with a brilliant run and chip over Boruc from a very tight angle, but he gets a bit unlucky as it rebounds off the post and is easily gathered by the Saints stopper.

10
Arsenal now looking to apply some pressure.

9
The Saints pressing Arsenal all the way back to Szczesny.

8
But Arsenal look to threaten first as Wanyama and Shaw make two last ditch challenges to deny Giroud and Ramsey.

7
Southampton have done really well in the early exchanges to restrict the Gunners. Have had more of the ball too.

6
The Frenchman looks like he'll be ok, as Lambert is called for a foul at the other end.

5
Giroud struggling with a knock in the midfield after an innocuous challenge from Wanyama.

4
The Saints with a good spell of possession here.

3
Ward-Prowse delivers the ball, but Arsenal get it clear.

2
Early free kick to Southampton for a foul on Lallana.

1
Referee Mark Clattenburg gets us underway...

The players walking out of the tunnel. Kick-off imminent.

Ryan: Saints to win 3-1 and go top of the league on goal difference. True underdog story!

David: Well this will be an acid test for Arsenal. They simply need a win. Nothing else will do. Both Teams play similar football. Arsenal play it a bit better. Arsenal to win as they are at home. 2-0

Just about ten minutes to kick-off. Stay tuned for the live coverage.

Danielle-Louise: Hoping for a draw as I like both teams but I dare say that Arsenal will no doubt win.

Seems kick-off at the Emirates has been delayed by 15 minutes, due to traffic problems around the stadium.

Matt says: The mighty saints to steal a 2-1 win against a demoralised arsenal team who can't seem to grind a big results out at the moment!

The Saints, meanwhile, make only one change to their line-up from the side that beat Hull City last time out, as Jos Hooiveld replaces Dejan Lovren, who is struggling with illness.

The Gunners make two changes from the starting line-up that lost to United last weekend, Per Mertesacker returns in defence in place of Thomas Vermaelen. Jack Wilshere comes in for the injured Mathieu Flamini, while Theo Walcott makes his return from injury on the bench.

Welcome to the Emirates where Arsenal host Southampton in today's game. Can the Gunners bounce back from their defeat at Manchester United last weekend, or will the Saints build on their 4-1 win over Hull last time out? Send your views / predictions for today's game to Chris.Vermeulen@teamtalkmedia.com and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.

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