Match ends, Arsenal 3, Southampton 0.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
- Squad number3Player nameTierneyAverage rating
- Squad number8Player nameØdegaardAverage rating
- Squad number7Player nameSakaAverage rating
- Squad number32Player nameRamsdaleAverage rating
- Squad number9Player nameLacazetteAverage rating
- Squad number35Player nameGabriel MartinelliAverage rating
- Squad number18Player nameTomiyasuAverage rating
- Squad number6Player nameGabriel MagalhãesAverage rating
- Squad number4Player nameWhiteAverage rating
- Squad number23Player nameSambi LokongaAverage rating
- Squad number5Player nameParteyAverage rating
- Squad number16Player nameHoldingAverage rating
- Squad number19Player namePépéAverage rating
- Squad number34Player nameXhakaAverage rating
- Squad number11Player nameRedmondAverage rating
- Squad number27Player nameDialloAverage rating
- Squad number8Player nameWard-ProwseAverage rating
- Squad number2Player nameWalker-PetersAverage rating
- Squad number18Player nameBrojaAverage rating
- Squad number23Player nameTellaAverage rating
- Squad number21Player nameLivramentoAverage rating
- Squad number9Player nameA ArmstrongAverage rating
- Squad number5Player nameStephensAverage rating
- Squad number35Player nameBednarekAverage rating
- Squad number13Player nameCaballeroAverage rating
- Squad number24Player nameElyounoussiAverage rating
- Squad number4Player nameLyancoAverage rating
- 6GabrielBooked at 3minsSubstituted forHoldingat 70'minutes
- 7SakaBooked at 17mins
- 34XhakaSubstituted forSambi Lokongaat 81'minutes
- 9LacazetteSubstituted forPépéat 83'minutes
- 10Smith Rowe
- 17Cédric Soares
- 23Sambi Lokonga
- 18BrojaSubstituted forLyancoat 70'minutes
- 9A ArmstrongSubstituted forElyounoussiat 43'minutes
- Jarred Gillett
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Southampton 0.
Attempt blocked. Rob Holding (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Martinelli with a cross.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jack Stephens.
Albert Sambi Lokonga (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).
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.
Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jack Stephens (Southampton).
Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton).
Attempt missed. Thomas Partey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Substitution, Arsenal. Nicolas Pépé replaces Alexandre Lacazette.
Hand ball by Nathan Tella (Southampton).
Substitution, Arsenal. Albert Sambi Lokonga replaces Granit Xhaka.
Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nathan Tella (Southampton).
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Gabriel Martinelli.
Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale.
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So he's been terrible on the pitch all season and clearly has not exactly been great off the pitch either. He should be stripped of the club captaincy.
Real competition up front might just help focus Aubameyang's mind.
The Arsenal should go all out to get Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina.
Man City - 1
Liverpool – 1
Chelsea – 2
Arsenal – Big Fat zero
Well played boys
This is not the first time he has done this either.
As a captain you are meant to be a leader of the team.He is taking the pee...
Leave him on the bench for a few games as he is offering very little on the pitch!!
Thankfully the other results went our way today