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Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Cuco Martina goal
Cuco Martina became the first player from Curacao to score in the Premier League

Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League as they were thrashed by Southampton at St Mary's.

Saints full-back Cuco Martina marked his first league start with a stunning goal, curling in from 30 yards out.

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Southampton wanted it more - Arsene Wenger

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott missed free headers, before Shane Long finished from close range and Jose Fonte headed in the third.

Striker Long struck the post with three minutes remaining, but managed to add a fourth through the legs of Petr Cech.

It could have been even worse for the visitors. Virgil van Dijk had a header ruled out for offside, while Dusan Tadic's dipping strike was pushed away by Cech.

Super Saints but Gunners sinners

Arsenal had lost just one of their previous 11 league games and recorded an impressive victory over Manchester City on Monday but Arsene Wenger's side could not back that performance up with victory on the south coast.

Theo Walcott heatmap
Playing from the left, Walcott failed to make any impact in the final third of the pitch. A lot of his touches came in his own half

Having seen leaders Leicester beaten by Liverpool earlier in the day, the Gunners would have gone top with a win but were resoundingly beaten by a rampant Southampton side.

Playmaker Mesut Ozil - who has received plenty of plaudits for his impressive performances this season - was kept quiet by the Southampton midfield, while former Saint Walcott posed little threat, attempting only 20 passes before being substituted.

Going into the game, Arsenal had conceded the joint-fewest number of goals (14) in the league this season and their second-half capitulation will be a big worry to Wenger.

Arsenal need to win games against teams in the bottom half of the table if they are to take the title, but did not come close to capitalising on the points dropped by Claudio Ranieri's side.

'Bully' Wanyama gives Arsenal no respite

The pressure was starting to grow on Southampton boss Ronald Koeman after five winless games left them just four points above the relegation zone.

But they were marshalled brilliantly in the middle of the park by the superb Victor Wanyama, who made a match-high six tackles and 10 interceptions, often bullying the opposition players.

Cuco Martina goal
The graphic doesn't do justice to Cuco Martina's stunning strike

The opening goal was stunning. There seemed to be no danger when defender Per Mertesacker headed the ball away, and Martina steadied himself before unleashing an outside-of-the-foot drive which started wide of the post before swerving into the net.

Arsenal posed little threat and the hosts added to their tally with a slick counter-attacking move.

There was a hint of controversy in it though, as Long and Laurent Koscielny came together in the build-up, leaving the Frenchman on the ground, allowing Long to stride forward unchallenged and stroke in from Sadio Mane's pass.

Defender Fonte added a bullet header and Long grabbed his second to complete a comprehensive victory for Southampton who managed their first clean sheet in six games.

Man of the match - Shane Long

Shane Long
Republic of Ireland international Shane Long grabbed two goals and could have had a third when he hit the post. He was a constant menace to the Arsenal defence.

What they said:

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'Amazing' Saints result delights Ronald Koeman

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "You don't expect a 4-0 win against Arsenal. Of course we have a good football team, but we have struggled in recent weeks. But the second half was perfect. It was a tough night for Arsenal, we caused them a lot of problems. It was an amazing result."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We lost too many challenges and that explains why we lost the game. But that's one aspect, so well done to them.

"The second aspect is that on the first three goals we were really unlucky with the decision of the referee. The first goal was offside, the second goal was a foul and the third goal was a goal kick, so if you're a bit below par and on top of that you have the first three goals against you in the decision-making then it's even more difficult."

The stats you need to know

  • This was Arsenal's heaviest Premier League defeat since a 6-0 away loss at Chelsea in March 2014
  • Arsenal have conceded five Premier League goals from outside the box in 2015-16 so far; two more than in the whole of the 2014-15 season
  • Southampton winger Sadio Mane has six assists in 18 Premier League appearances this season - he had only three in 30 league games last season
  • Shane Long has scored five and assisted two more goals in his last seven Premier League starts for Southampton

What next?

It's a quick turnaround for both sides. Southampton travel to West Ham on Monday (17:30 GMT), while Arsenal will look to get back to winning ways when they host Bournemouth on the same day (also 17:30 GMT).

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 15Martina
  • 6Fonte
  • 17van Dijk
  • 21Bertrand
  • 12Wanyama
  • 4ClasieSubstituted forRomeuat 67'minutes
  • 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forTadicat 71'minutes
  • 10ManéSubstituted forJuanmiat 81'minutes
  • 8Davis
  • 7LongBooked at 34mins

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 11Tadic
  • 14Romeu
  • 20Juanmi
  • 23Ramírez
  • 25Gazzaniga
  • 26Caulker

Arsenal

  • 33Cech
  • 24Bellerín
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18Monreal
  • 20FlaminiSubstituted forChambersat 73'minutes
  • 16Ramsey
  • 28CampbellSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 64'minutes
  • 11Özil
  • 14WalcottSubstituted forIwobiat 78'minutes
  • 12Giroud

Substitutes

  • 3Gibbs
  • 5Gabriel
  • 13Ospina
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 21Chambers
  • 45Iwobi
  • 54Reine Adelaide
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
31,669

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 4, Arsenal 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 4, Arsenal 0.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

Attempt blocked. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Long.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 4, Arsenal 0. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. Juanmi (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

Shane Long (Southampton) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

Offside, Southampton. Cuco Martina tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

Juanmi (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Calum Chambers (Arsenal).

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Juanmi replaces Sadio Mané.

Offside, Southampton. Victor Wanyama tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Iwobi replaces Theo Walcott.

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Attempt saved. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Mathieu Flamini.

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Dusan Tadic replaces James Ward-Prowse.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 3, Arsenal 0. Jose Fonte (Southampton) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

Offside, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Oriol Romeu replaces Jordy Clasie because of an injury.

Delay in match Jordy Clasie (Southampton) because of an injury.

Offside, Southampton. Jose Fonte tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester18115237251238
2Arsenal18113431181336
3Man City18112537201735
4Tottenham1888231141732
5Crystal Palace189362316730
6Man Utd188552216629
7Watford188552318529
8Liverpool187652122-127
9Everton186843224826
10West Ham186842622426
11Stoke187561616026
12Southampton186662521424
13West Brom185581724-720
14Bournemouth185582232-1020
15Chelsea185492329-619
16Swansea184681624-818
17Norwich184592032-1217
18Newcastle184591933-1417
19Sunderland1833121937-1812
20Aston Villa1815121532-178
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