Premier League

Arsenal 1-0 Southampton

By Phil McNultyChief football writer
Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League games against Southampton
  • Arsenal in sixth position in league
  • Southampton three points above Gunners in third
  • Saints have never won at Arsenal in Premier League
  • Visitors had one shot on target

Alexis Sanchez struck two minutes from time to give Arsenal victory just as it looked like Southampton would hold out for a draw at The Emirates.

Visiting goalkeeper Fraser Forster had kept Arsenal at bay with a collection of fine saves from Danny Welbeck and substitute Olivier Giroud, but he was powerless to prevent Gunners talisman Sanchez pouncing on Aaron Ramsey's cross to score his 14th goal of the season.

Arsene Wenger's side deserved the win after applying intense late pressure but Southampton were forced to play out the crucial final minutes without defender Toby Alderweireld, who suffered a hamstring injury after manager Ronald Koeman had used his three substitutes.

The victory, coming on the heels of the win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, pushes Arsenal into the top six, while Saints stay third despite a second successive defeat following their home loss against Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday.

Arsenal have scored seven goals in the final five minutes of Premier League games in 2014-15, more than any other side

A small group of Arsenal fans brandished a banner at The Hawthorns calling for Wenger to quit, but they can be grateful that he has brought such a gem as the Chilean Sanchez to north London.

Just as the frustration of potential dropped points was building at The Emirates, the former Barcelona forward succeeded where other Arsenal strikers had failed to secure an important win.

Welbeck had the first opportunity of the night when he was played in by Santi Cazorla's pass but he could not get himself set and ended up steering a presentable chance just wide.

Match facts
Alexis Sanchez has scored nine goals after 14 league matches for the first time in European footballIt is the first time in nine league games Aaron Ramsey has been involved in a goal for Arsenal
Mathieu Flamini completed 64 of his 69 passes for the GunnersSouthampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster made seven saves compared to Emiliano Martinez's one

Saints had gathered in plenty of confidence during an excellent start to the season and they opened with plenty of ambition. Graziano Pelle should have put them ahead in the 15th minute but he shot wildly over.

Arsenal 1-0 Southampton: Wenger praises Sanchez 'desire'

Neither goalkeeper saw serious action until first-half stoppage time, when Southampton's Forster reacted well to turn Welbeck's flicked header over the top. The striker also tried a backheel at the near post but was crowded out by Saints' defenders.

As anxiety grew inside The Emirates, Wenger made the change demanded by Arsenal's fans when he introduced Giroud, although the decision to take off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was met with some jeers.

Giroud almost immediately tested Forster with a snap shot as Arsenal attempted to finally apply concerted pressure on a resolute and well-organised Southampton defence.

The French striker then showed initiative with a neat flick to release Welbeck but Forster's reactions again came to the Saints' rescue as he made a fine one-handed save.

Unlucky injury cost Saints - Koeman

It seemed the England goalkeeper was going to keep Arsenal at bay when he showed great athleticism to claw away Giroud's header but, just when it looked like Saints would survive despite their numerical disadvantage, Sanchez made the breakthrough.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "We had a good positive reaction after last Sunday - a good first half, good ball possession, a good chance off Pelle. After an hour it was more difficult, Arsenal were pressing more but the difference was 11 v 10.

"We were unlucky to get a player injured after making all of our substitutions, you know they will create chances and in the last few minutes they made it 1-0."

All four of Saints' league defeats have come against sides who finished in last year's top-six
Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck ended a six-game Arsenal run without a goal against West Brom on Saturday
Southampton's tally of seven away league goals is the fewest among the Premier League's top-seven clubs
Danny Welbeck
The last five Premier League games involving Arsenal have all been 0-0 at half-time
Alexis Sanchez has scored 14 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season



  • 26Martinez
  • 21Chambers
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18Monreal
  • 16Ramsey
  • 20Flamini
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forGiroudat 65'minutes
  • 19Cazorla
  • 17Sánchez
  • 23WelbeckSubstituted forPodolskiat 81'minutes


  • 3Gibbs
  • 7Rosicky
  • 9Podolski
  • 12Giroud
  • 22Sanogo
  • 39Bellerin
  • 49Macey


  • 23Forster
  • 2Clyne
  • 6José Fonte
  • 17AlderweireldBooked at 43mins
  • 21Bertrand
  • 8Davis
  • 12WanyamaBooked at 76mins
  • 18CorkSubstituted forYoshidaat 29'minutes
  • 7LongSubstituted forMayukaat 81'minutes
  • 19Pellè
  • 11TadicSubstituted forManéat 62'minutes


  • 1Davis
  • 3Yoshida
  • 5Gardos
  • 10Mané
  • 24Mayuka
  • 28Reed
  • 33Targett
Andre Marriner

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamSouthampton
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal 1, Southampton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Southampton 0.

  3. Post update

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sadio Mané (Southampton).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a through ball.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Arsenal 1, Southampton 0. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lukas Podolski with a cross.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Toby Alderweireld went off injured after Southampton had used all subs.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

As It Stood

2Man City1493231141730
4Man Utd147432416825
5West Ham147342317624
12Aston Villa14446818-1016
15Crystal Palace143471823-513
16West Brom143471420-613
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