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Summary

  1. Sanchez scores fine goal
  2. Oxlade-Chamberlain off injured
  3. Sub Giroud heads in
  4. Saints have only scored 11 goals in their last 12 Premier League home matches

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By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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    Southampton 0-2 Arsenal

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    We'll bring you manager and player reaction from Arsenal's win over Southampton on this link.

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    Southampton 0-2 Arsenal

    Job done for Arsenal. 

    They replace Manchester United in fifth place in the Premier League table. 

    Next stop: fourth place?

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    Southampton 0-2 Arsenal

    Saints haven't given up just yet. Jay Rodriguez supplies Manolo Gabbiadini, who earns a corner.

    Boufal's corner sort of bobbles in and momentarily troubles Petr Cech, before falling firmly into his grasp.  

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    Southampton 0-2 Arsenal

    Three added minutes. Arsenal look home and dry and up into fifth in the table. 

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    Ian Funnell: That should be job done. Been very patchy but the 3pts was all that mattered tonight.

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    Southampton 0-2 Arsenal

    Some good play from Oriol Romeu, as he tees up Sofiane Boufal, but the Saints substitute can't land his left-footed effort on target.

  8. Giroud doubles Arsenal's lead

    Southampton 0-2 Arsenal

    Snap, crackle, pop.

    Alexis Sanchez sends a cross over the box to Aaron Ramsey, who heads the ball up and over for Olivier Giroud to simply nod in. 

    Again, Arsenal made it look easy. 

    Giroud scores for Arsenal
  9. GOAL - Southampton 0-2 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud (82 mins)

    Three minutes on the pitch. Ball in the back of the net. 

    Arsenal's Oliver Giroud celebrates scoring
  10. SUBSTITUTION

    Southampton 0-1 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud comes on to replace Danny Welbeck. He's done OK tonight and gets a warm reception from the travelling fans.

    Dusan Tadic has gone off for Southampton, replaced by Jay Rodriguez.

    Ten minutes left on the clock. 

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    Southampton 0-1 Arsenal

    Sofiane Boufal tries to emulate Alexis Sanchez's goal by twisting and turning past four Arsenal defenders but unlike the Chilean, Boufal sticks his shot way off target.

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    Southampton 0-1 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez hasn't looked quite right since his goal. Is he injured? Or just wasting time at every possible moment? The referee has noticed his lethargy and is telling him he's going to add it on at the end. This doesn't seem to speed him up...

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    Southampton 0-1 Arsenal

    The ball bounces about the Arsenal box and Shane Long tries to get contact but Gunners defence scramble clear.

    Sofiane Boufal goes down under a heavy challenge from Mesut Ozil and he gets a yellow for it. Free-kick Southampton...it comes to nothing. 

    Saints press again and Maya Yoshida gets some force on a header but it's easily collected by Petr Cech. 

    Southampton's Boufal
  14. CLOSE!

    Southampton 0-1 Arsenal

    A brilliant ball in from Ryan Bertrand. It swerves in the air and lands kindly for James Ward-Prowse but his header is off-target.

    That's the last action for the Southampton midfielder. Ward-Prowse is off, along with Nathan Redmond, and on comes Sofiane Boufal and Shane Long. 

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    Southampton 0-1 Arsenal

    Southampton have one plan at the moment - get the ball lofted over to Manolo Gabbiadini. It's not really working. 

    Now Arsenal have a corner, which Mesut Ozil plays to Granit Xhaka, who drives the ball at Fraser Forster. The Saints keeper makes a solid punch away from danger. 

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    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    Radio 5 live commentator at St Mary's

    Arsenal have suddenly upped it and that was a magnificent goal from Sanchez. 

    He could have rushed it but he brilliantly decided to delay and dummy and, with his left foot, slotted it past Forster. 

  18. Sanchez gets the opener

    Southampton 0-1 Arsenal

    A lovely, lovely goal from Alexis Sanchez.

    He's supplied by Mesut Ozil, and twists and turns around the Southampton defence before slotting home. 

    He made it look easy when he actually had little space to manoeuvre.  

    Alexis Sanchez scores for Arsenal
  19. GOAL - Southampton 0-1 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez (59 mins)

    What did I just say? Jinxed it!

    Sanchez turns two defenders
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    Southampton 0-0 Arsenal

    Southampton have drawn 0-0 in their last two matches. We could be heading for number three here.

    Mesut Ozil tries to weave into the box from the left but Southampton clear their lines and pump it up field, but only Manolo Gabbiadini is back, so he's crowded out by Arsenal defenders.