Olivier Giroud scored in either half as Arsenal edged past an impressive Southampton to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Saints goalkeeper Artur Boruc gifted the hosts the lead, dwelling on a back-pass and allowing Giroud to tap in.

Happy at home

Arsenal have now won five consecutive home games in the Premier League for the first time since April 2012

Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey had hit the post, while Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez went close for the visitors.

Giroud sealed the win from the penalty spot after Jose Fonte was penalised for pulling Per Mertesacker's shirt.

That relieved home tension and maintained Arsenal's 100% league record at Emirates Stadium since an opening-day 3-1 loss to Aston Villa.

It was not a vintage performance but the Gunners will be delighted to extend their advantage over second-placed Liverpool.

Southampton remain third following their best start to a top-flight season, but they will regret being undone by two mistakes.

Wenger 'very happy with difficult win'

Boruc's error was inexplicable and follows on from the bizarre goal he recently conceded at Stoke, when Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic beat the Pole with an upfield clearance that bounced over his head.

But that aside, for a club on the brink of extinction following relegation to League One in 2009, Saints looked remarkably comfortable with their elevated status and caused Arsenal trouble throughout.

They were not helped by an illness to Dejan Lovren, which saw Jos Hooiveld come in for his first league start this season, and left their defence looking less solid than it has for most of the campaign.

Wilshere saw a chip hit the post and Ramsey was denied by the same piece of woodwork with an audacious flick from Mesut Ozil's cross.

The pressure was building but that could not legislate for Arsenal's opener; Boruc received Nathaniel Clyne's pass and tried to dribble past Giroud, only to be robbed of possession and Giroud tapped in.

Pochettino upset with manner of defeat

It was harsh on Southampton and they worked hard to atone - Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez drawing fine saves from Wojciech Szczesny.

An injury to left-back Luke Shaw forced Mauricio Pochettino to reorganise his formation at half-time, but Saints remained in the ascendancy and Lallana again tested Szczesny's reactions.

However, Arsenal gradually regained the momentum and Boruc was alert to thwart Ozil and Wilshere before Theo Walcott was introduced as a substitute with 20 minutes left after two months out injured.

That offered the Gunners the sort of pace they had been missing and put Saints firmly on the back foot, leading to Arsenal's second goal.

Shortly after Walcott had drilled wide, Mertesacker was prevented from meeting a cross by Fonte's shirt pull and a penalty was awarded.

Giroud sent Boruc the wrong way to wrap up the points.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 03 Sagna
  • 28 Gibbs
  • 08 Arteta (Rosicky - 74' )
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 10 Wilshere
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 12 Giroud
  • 11 Özil (Monreal - 81' )
  • 19 Cazorla (Walcott - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Vermaelen
  • 07 Rosicky
  • 14 Walcott
  • 17 Monreal
  • 21 Fabianski
  • 23 Bendtner
  • 44 Gnabry

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 02 Clyne
  • 23 Shaw (Davis - 45' )
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 06 Fonte Booked
  • 26 Hooiveld Booked
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 12 Wanyama Booked
  • 07 Lambert
  • 20 Lallana (Osvaldo - 54' )
  • 09 Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 03 Yoshida
  • 08 Davis
  • 17 Osvaldo
  • 22 Chambers
  • 25 Gazzaniga
  • 38 Reed
  • 40 Gallagher
Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Att: 60,007

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

4 4

Corners

5 6

Fouls

10 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Arsenal 2, Southampton 0.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Southampton 0.

90:00 +2:16

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:16

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

90:00 +1:08

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:16

Offside, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal tries a through ball, but Jack Wilshere is caught offside.

89:51

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89:47

Delay in match Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) because of an injury.

88:23

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

88:23

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

87:57

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

86:33

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

86:22

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

86:22

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

85:30 Booking

Booking Jose Fonte (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

85:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 2, Southampton 0. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

84:40

Penalty conceded by Jose Fonte (Southampton) after a foul in the penalty area.

84:40

Penalty Arsenal. Per Mertesacker draws a foul in the penalty area.

84:09

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

83:39

Foul by Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton).

83:39

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

81:58

Attempt missed. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey following a fast break.

80:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal replaces Mesut Özil.

79:23

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

78:32

Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

78:07

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jack Wilshere.

78:05

Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

75:44

Offside, Arsenal. Theo Walcott tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

75:04

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by James Ward-Prowse.

74:08

Attempt saved. Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

73:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

73:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky replaces Mikel Arteta because of an injury.

72:14

Delay in match Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) because of an injury.

71:44

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:44

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

71:27

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

71:27

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

70:59

Attempt blocked. Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Wanyama.

69:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Theo Walcott replaces Santiago Cazorla.

67:40

Attempt saved. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bacary Sagna with a cross.

63:55

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:55

Foul by Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton).

63:17

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:17

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

62:56

Attempt saved. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

61:21

Offside, Southampton. Artur Boruc tries a through ball, but Pablo Osvaldo is caught offside.

60:55

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

60:55

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:21

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

56:19

Offside, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

53:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Pablo Osvaldo replaces Adam Lallana.

52:36

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

51:50

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:50

Foul by Adam Lallana (Southampton).

51:19

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

50:17

Offside, Arsenal. Wojciech Szczesny tries a through ball, but Santiago Cazorla is caught offside.

49:56

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:56

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Southampton).

48:29

Offside, Southampton. Artur Boruc tries a through ball, but Adam Lallana is caught offside.

47:30 Booking

Booking Victor Wanyama (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

47:27

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:27

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

45:42

Offside, Southampton. Adam Lallana tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

45:10

Offside, Arsenal. Jack Wilshere tries a through ball, but Mesut Özil is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Arsenal 1, Southampton 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Steven Davis replaces Luke Shaw because of an injury.

45:00 +3:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arsenal 1, Southampton 0.

45:00 +1:07 Booking

Booking Jos Hooiveld (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +1:02

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:02

Foul by Jos Hooiveld (Southampton).

44:48

Offside, Arsenal. Mikel Arteta tries a through ball, but Mesut Özil is caught offside.

43:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

42:37

Delay in match Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) because of an injury.

41:06

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

38:55

Offside, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

38:54

Attempt saved. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

37:24

Offside, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

36:18

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

36:18

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

36:00

Offside, Southampton. Artur Boruc tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

35:33

Offside, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud tries a through ball, but Mesut Özil is caught offside.

34:00

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:00

Foul by Jos Hooiveld (Southampton).

32:21

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

32:19

Attempt blocked. Jos Hooiveld (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

31:49

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.

31:48

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

31:16

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

31:16

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:19

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:19

Foul by Adam Lallana (Southampton).

28:22

Offside, Arsenal. Wojciech Szczesny tries a through ball, but Mesut Özil is caught offside.

26:14

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Olivier Giroud.

25:39

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

24:29

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

24:29

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

23:05

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:05

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

21:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 1, Southampton 0. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

20:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:55

Delay in match Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) because of an injury.

17:02

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

14:13

Offside, Arsenal. Wojciech Szczesny tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

12:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

12:35

Delay in match Luke Shaw (Southampton) because of an injury.

11:26

Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

11:26

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

10:09

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) hits the left post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right.

5:52

Offside, Southampton. Nathaniel Clyne tries a through ball, but Adam Lallana is caught offside.

5:22

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

5:22

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:51

Offside, Arsenal. Laurent Koscielny tries a through ball, but Mesut Özil is caught offside.

2:56

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

2:56

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:37

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

1:37

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:15

Offside, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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