Premier League

Arsenal 3-0 Southampton: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dropped ahead of win

By Joe RindlBBC Sport
Arsenal celebrate
Alexandre Lacazette's opener completed a 16-pass team goal

Arsenal boosted their Champions League qualification hopes as they cruised past Southampton at Emirates Stadium despite captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being dropped from the squad.

Stand-in skipper Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 21st minute, finishing off a superb 16-pass team move.

And Martin Odegaard doubled the lead six minutes later, heading home from close range.

Arsenal dominated throughout and added a third after 62 minutes with defender Gabriel nodding in a Gabriel Martinelli corner.

The Gunners jump up to fifth in the Premier League table, one point off the top four, while Southampton stay 16th.

No Aubameyang? No problem

All the pre-match talk was around Aubameyang, with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta saying the striker was missing out "due to a disciplinary breach".

"I think we have been very consistent, that we have certain non-negotiables in the team that we have set ourselves as a club," Arteta added.

It is not the first time the Spaniard has dropped Aubameyang for disciplinary reasons. In March, the Gabon international missed a win over rivals Tottenham for a "breach of pre-match protocol".

But after a slow start, pre-match incidents were soon forgotten as Lacazette converted Bukayo Saka's cross, completing a team move that started with keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Arteta "very pleased" with Gunners performance after "difficult period"

And minutes later Arsenal grabbed a second with Odegaard meeting Kieran Tierney's header to score a third goal in as many matches.

Arsenal's dominance continued after the break with Gabriel scoring moments after he had had a goal chalked off for offside.

Martinelli then curled a strike against the post midway through the second half, with Saka also striking the woodwork and Takehiro Tomiyasu forcing a fine stop from keeper Willy Caballero.

The hosts continued to impress in the closing stages, winning in style to end a run of back-to-back defeats.

Willy Caballero
Willy Caballero, who was on the bench for Chelsea in last season's Champions League final, has been without a club since the summer

Saints give debut to 40-year-old Caballero

With Saints keeper Alex McCarthy out with a thigh injury and deputy Fraser Forster also missing, Ralph Hasenhuttl handed a debut to emergency signing Caballero.

His first call to action was to pick the ball out of his net, with Southampton second best for much of the 90 minutes.

At the other end, the visitors were limited to shots from range with Arsenal stopper Ramsdale making a number of routine saves.

Southampton "must do better" - Hasenhuttl

The result means Southampton are now winless in 23 Premier League matches at Arsenal, the longest by any club away from home in the competition's history.

The St Mary's outfit have failed to win in each of their past five matches and sit just six points above the relegation zone.

Any point against Arsenal was always going to be seen as a bonus. Attention now turns to winnable games against Crystal Palace and Brentford in the next fortnight.

Player of the match

TierneyKieran Tierney

with an average of 8.58


  1. Squad number3Player nameTierney
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  2. Squad number8Player nameØdegaard
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  3. Squad number7Player nameSaka
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  4. Squad number32Player nameRamsdale
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  5. Squad number9Player nameLacazette
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  6. Squad number35Player nameGabriel Martinelli
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  7. Squad number18Player nameTomiyasu
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  8. Squad number6Player nameGabriel Magalhães
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  9. Squad number4Player nameWhite
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  10. Squad number23Player nameSambi Lokonga
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  11. Squad number5Player namePartey
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  12. Squad number16Player nameHolding
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  13. Squad number19Player namePépé
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  14. Squad number34Player nameXhaka
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  1. Squad number11Player nameRedmond
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  2. Squad number27Player nameDiallo
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  3. Squad number8Player nameWard-Prowse
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  4. Squad number2Player nameWalker-Peters
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  5. Squad number18Player nameBroja
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  6. Squad number23Player nameTella
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  7. Squad number21Player nameLivramento
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  8. Squad number9Player nameA Armstrong
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  9. Squad number5Player nameStephens
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  10. Squad number35Player nameBednarek
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  11. Squad number13Player nameCaballero
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  12. Squad number24Player nameElyounoussi
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  13. Squad number4Player nameLyanco
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Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 32Ramsdale
  • 18Tomiyasu
  • 4White
  • 6GabrielBooked at 3minsSubstituted forHoldingat 70'minutes
  • 3Tierney
  • 7SakaBooked at 17mins
  • 5Partey
  • 34XhakaSubstituted forSambi Lokongaat 81'minutes
  • 35Martinelli
  • 8Ødegaard
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forPépéat 83'minutes


  • 10Smith Rowe
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 16Holding
  • 17Cédric Soares
  • 19Pépé
  • 20Tavares
  • 23Sambi Lokonga
  • 30Nketiah
  • 33Okonkwo


Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Caballero
  • 21Livramento
  • 5Stephens
  • 35Bednarek
  • 2Walker-Peters
  • 11Redmond
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 27Diallo
  • 23Tella
  • 18BrojaSubstituted forLyancoat 70'minutes
  • 9A ArmstrongSubstituted forElyounoussiat 43'minutes


  • 4Lyanco
  • 7Long
  • 15Perraud
  • 19Djenepo
  • 20Smallbone
  • 24Elyounoussi
  • 32Walcott
  • 41Lewis
  • 43Valery
Jarred Gillett

Match Stats

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    Match ends, Arsenal 3, Southampton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Southampton 0.

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    Attempt blocked. Rob Holding (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Martinelli with a cross.

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    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

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    Albert Sambi Lokonga (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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    Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).

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    Attempt missed. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Martin Ødegaard.

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    Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Foul by Jack Stephens (Southampton).

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    Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton).

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    Attempt missed. Thomas Partey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Nicolas Pépé replaces Alexandre Lacazette.

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    Hand ball by Nathan Tella (Southampton).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Albert Sambi Lokonga replaces Granit Xhaka.

  16. Post update

    Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Nathan Tella (Southampton).

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    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Gabriel Martinelli.

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    Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale.

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