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Summary

  1. Stuart Pearce leaves Nottingham Forest
  2. Pearce offered another role at the club
  3. FT: Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa
  4. Giroud, Ozil, Walcott, Cazorla and Bellerin

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    On that note, it's time for me to bale out. Of course, there's still plenty of football to tide you over to tomorrow's transfer deadline day shenanigans. Like this live text on Barcelona. Enjoy!

  2. Pearce leaves Forest

    Stuart Pearce has been feeling the pressure for a while. A 2-0 home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday last month prompted Pearce to describe Forest's slump as the "hardest period of my management and coaching career".

    He said at the time: "I do have the confidence that we can turn this around. The nature of football is so volatile that things can change very quickly. We need a victory and we need one soon, to turn our fortunes around at this time. I am more disappointed for the fans than myself."

  3. Pearce leaves Forest

    Stuart Pearce leaves Forest 12th in the Championship, 13 points adrift of the play-off places. He won 10 games out of 31, with 10 draws and 11 losses in all competitions. Their next match is a trip to Brighton.

  4. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Pearce leaves Forest

    Dan Langan: I love anagrams (see 18:51). Another one for Stuart Pearce is 'Past Creature'.

    JavelBleach: Please hire Danny Mills to manage Nottingham Forest. Can't go wrong, he's got a point to prove! I'd love to see them swap roles!

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  5. Pearce leaves Forest

    Stuart Pearce has lasted just seven months at Forest, which seems so little time considering how much the club courted him. The wanted him to take over towards the end of last season, but he declined because of other commitments. The club wanted him so much, they waited for him but it has just not happened for him this season.

  6. Text us on 81111

    Pearce leaves Forest

    Chris: As a Derby fan I thought Pearce had lasted a lot longer than previous managers with worse records. As Danny Mills pointed out, he gets found out.

    Kevin in Hornchurch: Very disappointing that Pearce can't cut it as a manager, just like many very good players before him; Robson, Hoddle, Gullit, Ince and others. Danny Mills criticising Pearce is unbelievable though. Danny who? What credentials does he have? Not fit to lace Pearce's boots.

    Max, Milton Keynes: Writing was on the wall for psycho after the Milwall game. With the track record our owner has of sacking managers I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner. Pearce will always be a Forest legend though.

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  7. Pearce leaves Forest

    What do you think about Pearce being offered an "alternative role" at the club, Forest fans?

  8. Pearce leaves Forest - confirmed

    Nottingham Forest have released the following statement on their official website: "After long discussions between owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Stuart Pearce, the club has decided that Stuart will be relieved of his role as manager with immediate effect.

    "Mr Al Hasawi has offered Stuart an alternative role at the club, which he is currently considering.

    "The club will be making no further comment at this time."

  9. Get involved - lines are open

    Pearce leaves Forest

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Over on BBC Radio 5 live, 606 is in full swing. Lines are open and Ian Wright and Kelly Cates are taking your calls.

    Walid, a Nottingham Forest fan, says: "I have absolutely no idea where we go from here."

    Chris, another Forest fan, says: "I'm not surprised but I'm disappointed. We should have given him more time."

    Do you agree? Call: 0500 909 693, text: 85058, or it's @bbc606 on Twitter.

  10. Tricks of the agents' trade

    And allow me, for one final time, to plug my feature on agents and their involvement on transfer deadline day. Here's a little taster if you've not read it already:

    Football agent David Seligman says: "If you're a player at a club and you're always giving away your boots, shirts and signed stuff, the fans will love you. Becoming a fans' favourite gives you more power, it helps when you're negotiating a new contract.

    "Also, you can go to a club on a commercial level and say 'Look, I've got 20,000 followers on Twitter and you can put promotions out via my Twitter feed. That can aid the club, and in return I want an extra £100 a week.' That's a more innovative term in a contract.

  11. Post update

    While we await more news from the City Ground, let me once again tell you about BBC Sport's transfer deadline day plans. It's all detailed here, but the jist of it is that we'll be across everything online, on TV and radio, and on social media. We'll get things rolling with a dedicated live text from 07:00 GMT. You won't even have had your cornflakes and we'll be pulling in all the latest news.

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    Pearce leaves Forest

    James Keeling: Stuart Pearce never transferred the passion he had as a player into his management. He couldn't motivate a talented squad of players.

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  13. Manager reaction

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, on Twitter: "Very disappointing defeat for #saintsfc Although we started comfortable, in second half we lost dominancy and Swansea used their chance well."

  14. Pearce leaves Forest

    Still no official word from the club about Stuart Pearce's departure, but already names are being thrown into the ring as to a potential successor. One of those is former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu, whose last managerial assignment was in Qatar.

  15. Pearce leaves Forest

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    Conor McNamara

    BBC Sport commentator

    A split picture of Stuart Pearce

    "'Stuart Pearce' is an anagram of 'Teacup Starer'."

  16. Post update

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    More from Swansea manager Garry Monk, speaking to BBC Sport: "We could have done better in the first half, but at half-time I said let's get through this quarter of an hour and they will get frustrated and we will get our chances. If anything we could have got another on the counter towards the end. All in all tactically we did everything exactly right. We can't always be playing the nice passing and flowing football which we try to promote. But we thoroughly deserved the three points."

    On potential transfers: "We have got our targets and made the chairman and the board well aware of them. It is up to them now to do those deals if they are possible."

  17. Manager reaction

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    More from Swansea manager Garry Monk, speaking to BBC Sport: "We had such a good start to the season but we always knew this month would be tough for us. We have had injuries, suspensions, players away on international duty, I'm not making excuses but that is the way it is. We've been through a difficult moment, but we had a gameplan today. It was about getting back to basics. Use the ball when we could, they are in the Champions League spots, so it was never going to be easy. The emphasis was on them to attack and I thought we used that very well. Jonjo's goal deserved to win any match.

  18. Pearce leaves Forest

    Stuart Pearce was restricted in the transfer market this month because of a transfer embargo, given for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. The impact of the sanction was analysed by BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Fray in December.

    "Few people can claim to be surprised by the Football League transfer embargo imposed on Nottingham Forest," wrote Fray. "It has been coming for months.

    "And, though owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has previously claimed to have been unconcerned by Financial Fair Play, his club, his ownership and his manager will now be severely tested."

    Read more here.

  19. Pearce leaves Forest

    Stuart Pearce

    Here's a bit more background on Stuart Pearce. The 52-year-old returned to the club last summer on a two-year contract, but a run of six defeats in seven games has ended his time in charge.

    A former Forest captain and ex-England international, Pearce spent 12 years at the club as a player and had a brief spell as caretaker-manager in 1997.

  20. Manager reaction

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    More from Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, speaking to BBC Sport: "We are very frustrated. I think the most lucky team won today. We played well in the first half, but if you don't score it is always difficult. We created chances, had a lot of possession, pressed them, but then you have to score. If you don't then it is always more difficult in the second half. We have to keep going. Still we are in a very good position in the league and one defeat will not change that feeling.

    "Maybe in the second half we lost a bit of control and that is a pity because we didn't deserve to lose today. Maybe we lacked a little bit of sharpness in the box at the end of the game, even 10 against 11 we still had some good chances."

    On the sending off of Ryan Bertrand: "In my opinion it is not a red card. The sanction is too heavy. If we can appeal then we will yes."

    On potential transfers: "I think tomorrow we will have at least one player, I think we need that. I don't answer questions about names. But you will know it tomorrow."

  21. 'Can we play you every week?' - Pearce leaves Forest

    It was perhaps said as tongue in cheek, but it was nonetheless damning when Millwall manager Ian Holloway said he wanted to play Forest every week following yesterday's match at the City Ground.

    "I wish I could play here every week, I think that is my fourth win on the bounce at Forest as a manager," said Holloway after his team won for the first time in nine games.

  22. Manager reaction

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Garry Monk

    Swansea manager Garry Monk on the sending off of Ryan Bertrand: "It didn't look great at the time, it was more his trailing leg and his two feet were off the floor. Whether he made contact with the ball or not, and whether it's a red I'm not sure. I just thought it was a bad tackle."

  23. Manager reaction

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Swansea manager Garry Monk, speaking to Sky Sports: "Tactically we had a good gameplan. We knew there would be moments when we had to defend and overall we frustrated them. We took our chances when we got them and all in all we can be happy. With this win we are back on track, and what a terrific strike from Jonjo Shelvey. That was enough to win any game.

    "We knew we would not have the lion's share of possession but we had a plan to hold our shape and then break when we could. Tactically we got it spot on and the boys thoroughly deserved the three points. In the first half we maybe gave them too much respect but in the second we had a lot more of the ball. We really worked our socks off, we passed it well and we took our chances when we could."

  24. Pearce leaves Forest

    Fawaz Al Hasawi

    The Nottingham Post are reporting that Pearce left this afternoon after having talks with chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi. He had overseen just three wins in 21 games in the Championship. And they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Rochdale. You can see highlights of that here.

  25. Pearce leaves Forest

    Did you see Danny Mills's criticism of Stuart Pearce a few weeks back? If not, watch it here.

    Mills says: "Pearce always starts well but goes off the boil. He is very predictable.

    "After 10 games people work him out. He gets teams going but after a while, players aren't stupid, they're not naive and they start to suss him out. He doesn't have the depth of football ability to back it up.

    "Actually, he is not a great coach, he's not a great tactician, he's not a great motivator and he struggles with big players who question his authority."

  26. Pearce leaves Forest

    After a great start to the season, Nottingham Forest have had a terrible run of form. They have not won at the City Ground since early November and remain 12th, 13 points from the play-off places.

  27. Pearce leaves Forest

    Stuart Pearce

    Wow, what do you make of that Forest fans? Was the time right for Pearce to leave? Still a club legend?

  28. Manager reaction

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman on the sending-off of Ryan Bertrand: "It was in front of my view and I saw, but in my opinion it isn't a red card. He touched the ball, OK, maybe a yellow card. If we feel it is not we can't accept this, because it isn't a red card."

  29. Manager reaction

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Ronald Koeman

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, speaking to Sky Sports: "We are disappointed. We were a bit unlucky because we did a lot of good things. We played well in the first half, had some good chances, but you know if you do not score you see what happens in the second half. We were less controlled and had less domination. OK it was a good goal from them but I think the luckiest team won today. They came for one point but got three points. OK we have to accept that.

    "Even with 10 players we had good chances to make at least a draw, which would have been deserved."

  30. Post update

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Is Jonjo Shelvey something of a rough diamond? He scored the winning goal and also struck the post, but his pass completion rate of 68% was lower than every single Southampton player bar Graziano Pelle (60%). Poor for a midfielder? Or are the stats deceiving?

  31. Player reaction

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Ashley Williams

    Swansea defender Ashley Williams speaking to Sky Sports: "The team worked so hard for the full 90 and it was a brilliant strike from Jonjo. As a centre-half you love a clean sheet. We have a lot of injuries and a few new guys coming in, but you saw the way we wanted to play the game, the commitment we had, and we deserved the three points. This is a tough place to come. When you have had a bit of a wobble you need something like that to get back on track. We work so hard to prepare for each game, we wanted to do ourselves justice."

  32. Player reaction

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, speaking to Sky Sports: "I just took the geezer on and thought why not hit it? I have been told to shoot a bit more. I think the 'keeper got a touch, but it was a great strike. The most important thing is the three points. We started off a bit shaky but in the second half we grew into it."

  33. Text us on 81111

    Andy C: Swansea will not be able to believe their luck. They were very poor. Southampton simply cannot finish.

  34. Football League

    There's still some football to be played before we can wrap this weekend. Walsall and Gillingham are about to do battle in League One. Follow updates here.

  35. Post update

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    "Southampton have only themselves to blame for this defeat. They should have taken much better advantage of all the possession they had in the first half. They didn't and they have paid for it."

  36. Post update

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    So, today's results mean Southampton have been reeled in by Arsenal and both sit on 42 points. Swansea are ninth and looking forward instead of over their shoulders.

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea
  37. FULL-TIME

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Textbook stuff from Swansea. They've done a job on Southampton.

  38. Post update

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Nathan Dyer picks up the ball and heads for the corner. Swansea playing for time now.

  39. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Bertrand argues with Monk over his sending off

    Ben Johnson: Harsh on Ryan Bertrand. Poor tackle but not malicious. Yellow was fair. Ref with another dodgy decision this season.

    Cameron Laws: Spot on Michael Oliver. That's a disgusting tackle. Knee height and he's scissored the player. Should be more than a three game ban in my opinion.

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  40. Post update

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    A late, late chance for Southampton but Graziano Pelle's volley ends up in Row Z.

  41. SUBSTITUTION

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Mo Barrow could well be seriously injured, he looks in a bad way as he is carted off the pitch on an orange stretcher. Jordi Amat is on in his place.

  42. Have your say- lines are open

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Lines are open for tonight's 606 with Ian Wright and Kelly Cates. Call 0500 909 693, text 85058, or it's @bbc606 on social media. Tune in on BBC Radio 5 live from 18:06 GMT.

  43. Post update

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    "It is a red card and the referee was right on the spot. It is almost like saying with the tackle - give me a red card for this. He threw himself at the ball, because it is a shocking challenge. He was flying in the air, it was a dangerous tackle."

  44. RED CARD

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea - Ryan Bertrand

    Bertrand and Barrow

    Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand sees red for a wild, reckless challenge on Mo Barrow - he was two feet off the ground and the follow-through left something on the winger. The player is stretchered off, as a result, after Bertrand is dragged down the tunnel before his confrontation with the Swansea bench can escalate.

  45. Post update

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    "Excellent defending from Ashley Williams, his positional sense there was superb. He was absolutely first class getting himself behind the ball. I do think he is a very good player."

  46. CLOSE!

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    It's all happening now - Sadio Mane has two shots on goal from around 12 yards out, but both efforts are cleared off the line by the very under-rated figure of Swansea defender Ashley Williams.

  47. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Liam Sharpe: Swansea have done to Southampton what Southampton did to Manchester United. Top four swing today. It's a funny old game.

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  48. Post update

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Southampton are rattled, but Swansea will feel like they deserve such luck. I've seen them in games this season where they've dominated and lost in the last few minutes. The match against Spurs springs to mind.

  49. Post update

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    "An excellent strike. We know Jonjo Shelvey is well capable of doing that though, so I was a little bit surprised he wasn't closed down quicker. It just rifled into the back of the net. This will be a very interesting last eight or nine minutes now."

  50. GOAL

    Southampton 0-1 Swansea - Jonjo Shelvey

    Jonjo Shelvey celebrates his goal

    Jonjo Shelvey dips into his locker and pulls out a worldy to put Swansea on course for a smash and grab win. He picks up the ball in a central position 30 yards out, shuffles on to his right foot and dispatches a rocket of a shot into the top corner. Pick that out.

  51. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Graziano Pelle

    Daniel Fine: Graziano Pelle's positioning has been atrocious. A better striker would have gobbled up some of these Southampton crosses.

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  52. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    I've just clocked that Ronald Koeman's two right-hand men - his brother Erwin - and Sammy Lee all have the same haircut as the gaffer. Is it in the job description?

  53. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Sadio Mane has wrested the momentum back for the Saints and he spins his marker in midfield, drives forward and fires in a daisy-cutter which the goalkeeper does well to save.

  54. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Edward Layland: Southampton quite simply need to shoot more rather than try to walk it in. Where is Matt Le Tissier when you need him!

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  55. CLOSE!

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Eljero Elia

    Eljero Elia fizzes in a cross from the left which evades everyone and runs to safety. There's a winner in this, surely.

  56. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    "Southampton just have to watch out because they are becoming frustrated at the minute and that will only play into Swansea's hands. I'd also repeat what I said earlier - that they have to get more shots on goal with their possession."

  57. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Sadio Mane is offering Southampton a new outlet and he drops his shoulder and evades his marker before firing in an angled shot/cross which is cut out by the goalkeeper.

  58. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    There's urgency about both sides now as James Ward-Prowse swings in a free-kick which lands near Jose Fonte, whose subsequent shot is blocked by Tom Carroll.

  59. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Shelvey pushes forward for Swansea

    Swansea are certainly more purposeful in this second half and, as a result, Southampton's full-backs aren't being afforded as many opportunities to drive down the flanks. That's changed the flow of the game.

  60. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    The free-kick? Well, Jonjo Shelvey slips and fires it straight into the wall. Is it me, or does Shelvey slip over more than most footballers? Good player, mind.

  61. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    "Garry Monk must have said something to his Swansea players at half-time, not in terms of telling them off but giving instruction, because the game is not so one-sided anymore and is a lot more attractive to watch as a consequence."

  62. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    A strong, purposeful run down the flank by Mo Barrow ends with the winger being knocked off the ball on the edge of the box, resulting in a yellow card for Maya Yoshida. And a free-kick in a good position for Swansea.

  63. SUBSTITUTION

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Southampton make their first change of the evening - sending on striker Sadio Mane in place of impressive young midfielder Harrison Reid.

  64. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    "That is more like it. End-to-end football. Shots on goal make games come alive. Jonjo Shelvey did very well, he could have passed it out early but reached his stride and was unfortunate not to score with a well-hit low shot. Then James Ward-Prowse didn't get enough power on his shot, otherwise there would have been a good chance of him scoring."

  65. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Now it's James Ward-Prowse's turn to have a shot but his scuffed effort is straight at Lukasz Fabianski.

  66. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Jonjo Shelvey drives forward

    Swansea are finally showing some ambition and Jonjo Shelvey drives forward from midfield before striking a powerful shot along the turf, across the keeper and against the base of the post. Unlucky.

  67. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "It's been a fairly gruesome first 11 minutes in this second half."

  68. Ghana on course for Afcon semi-final

    Africa Cup of Nations

    Two players who play at the opposite ends of the English football league ladder have given Ghana a healthy advantage against Guinea. Chelsea's Christian Atsu, who is on loan at Everton, opened the scoring before Cambridge United's Kwesi Appiah made it 2-0.

    The second half is under way now and you can follow live coverage, before Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony take centre stage when Ivory Coast play Algeria at 19:30 GMT.

  69. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    Garry Monk gesticulates on the touchline

    "It seems to me that Swansea have come here to get a draw. They are making sure they are never short at the back, while not pressing early. Southampton therefore have a lot of the ball simply because the away side are not pressing them. I think Garry Monk has set his team up in such a way as to get a point, and then if they can nick a win, then great."

  70. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Ronald Koeman looks like he wants more urgency from his Saints side as he gesticulates on the touchline. As Dismalstevz points out, Southampton have looked good down the right flank. I suspect it won't be long before there's some 'big' clubs sniffing around Nathaniel Clyne. The boy has it all? England's right-back for the next 10 years?

  71. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Dismalstevz: Don't agree that this game has been stale. There's been superb play down the right. I guess when people see 0-0 they think dull.

    Vincent Watts: Fair play to Southampton though, not many teams have the majority of possession when playing Swansea.

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  72. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

    "Southampton manager Ronald Koeman holds the world record for the most league goals scored by a defender - 193!"

  73. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Eljero Elia is looking a real threat for Southampton as he pushes up on that left flank and looks to commit the Swansea full-backs. An old-fashioned winger, who looks to have bags of talent.

  74. Injury update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    It appears Marvin Emnes picked up a hamstring injury in that first half. Another forward down... could that force Garry Monk into the market tomorrow?

  75. Text us on 81111

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Nick, Harrogate: I'm not sure what's driving me more to despair, the lack of quality in the final third of this match or the standard of the Year 11 mock examinations I'm trying to mark...

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  76. KICK-OFF

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Let's see what you've got Southampton and Swansea.

  77. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Wow, a big statement there Charlie...

  78. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Charlie Irish: Frustrating game to watch. Harrison Reid excellent. An English Xavi?

    Tim Rowtcliff: Swansea should bring on Matt Grimes. Especially if they start losing. Quality player.

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  79. League One update

    Bristol City 2-0 Fleetwood

    It's all over at Ashton Gate. A Jay Emmanuel-Thomas strike in injury time seals all three points for Steve Cotterill's side, who return to the top of League One, leapfrogging MK Dons.

    One more game to come from the third tier for you later don't forget, with Walsall entertaining Gillingham at 18:00 GMT. Why so late you ask? Well surely you know all about the Bescot Stadium Sunday Market?

  80. Transfer deadline day

    And I can't let the opportunity pass without promoting my very own feature on transfer deadline day. I've been chatting to the agents involved about how they get their clients the best deals, and there's some interesting stuff in there. Go and have a gander.

  81. Transfer deadline day

    Transfer Deadline Day

    Let me take this opportunity to shamelessly plug BBC Sport's transfer deadline day coverage. We'll be right across everything on TV, radio, online and via social media. Our live text commentary kicks us off at 07:00 GMT and we're manned until the early hours of Tuesday morning. The very early hours. So, stick with us tomorrow - the boss won't mind, he'll be following it on his computer too.

  82. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    Tadic and Fulton battle for the ball

    "Southampton have been dominant but they will be disappointed not to be ahead. Their possession has not been finished off with enough accurate efforts at goal."

  83. Half-time stats

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    There's only one team in it, though...

    Southampton v Swansea
  84. HALF-TIME

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    It's not been a humdinger, has it?

  85. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "Southampton's Under-21 side beat West Ham's U21s earlier this week. Of that team, seven of them have played first-team football."

  86. League One update

    Bristol City 1-0 Fleetwood

    Bristol City almost make it 2-0 as Kieran Agard is inches away from connecting with Joe Bryan's cross. Under 10 minutes to go in that one.

  87. PENALTY APPEAL

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Southampton appeal for a penalty when Jose Fonte, still up from a corner, fizzes a shot into the box but it hits a Swansea defender. Nothing doing in the referee's eyes. Moments later, Neil Taylor is booked for a foul on tricky winger Eljero Elia.

  88. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea toiling against Southampton

    Stephen, Birmingham: Now who was it that said this would be a humdinger..? (see 83 mins of Arsenal v Aston Villa)

    David Ljunggren: They should rename these sides 'Zzzzwansea' and 'Zzzzzouthampton'.

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  89. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    It's just been brought to my attention that there have been just six goals scored in the five Premier League meetings between Southampton and Swansea City. Why was I thinking it'd be a barnstormer?

  90. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Nathaniel Clyne is such a threat down that right-hand side, this time the galloping full-back gets in behind and squares for Dusan Tadic but, once again, there's no way through the Swansea defence as a big toe nicks it off the forward's boots.

  91. Text us on 81111

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    John, Guildford: Yes, transfer deadline day is a lot like Christmas Day (see 17 mins) - or would be if your Christmas present doesn't usually turn up until nearly midnight, and when it does it's something you neither want nor need, but cost three times as much as it should have done.

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  92. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    Nathaniel Clyne and Nathan Dyer tussle for the ball

    "Southampton have had huge amounts of possession but I just wish they would make better use of it. Just watching the reaction of their players as a move broke down a few moments ago, when something goes a little bit wrong they are not slow to tell one another are they?"

  93. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    It's just not running for Southampton at the moment - they get in behind again but Ryan Bertrand's low centre evades everyone.

  94. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Southampton have found a good one in Eljero Elia. The Dutch winger plays a beautiful ball in behind the Swans defence but Dusan Tadic slices his effort and the chance goes begging.

  95. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Another good move down the Southampton left ends with James Ward-Prowse putting in a cross which Graziano Pelle drags wide under pressure from a defender.

  96. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Ryan Bertrand or Roberto Carlos? As this touch map illustrates, left-back Bertrand is spending more time in the opposition's half than his own.

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea
  97. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Another spell of sustained pressure from Southampton and a corner is headed clear. The Saints are getting plenty of joy down the flanks as their full-backs push on.

  98. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    That's just won text of the day, Mike.

  99. Text us on 81111

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Mike McCandless: Swans' last win at Southampton (see 15:50) - My grandfather Billy McCandless was manager at the time! Just spoke to my dad (also Billy, 87), he was there and remembers the victory well. He has a good feeling for today!

    Swansea are winless in their last 10 visits to Southampton. Their last win (4-1) came 62 years ago in the old Second Division.

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  100. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    It's all very low key at the moment. Am I allowed to scale back my prediction of an "absolute humdinger"? Where's that delete key?

  101. League One update

    Bristol City 1-0 Fleetwood

    Matt Smith has given Bristol City the lead at Ashton Gate, stabbing home from a Joe Bryan delivery deviated by the head of Derrick Williams. As it stands, Steve Cotterill's side will be returning to the top of the table, leapfrogging MK Dons.

  102. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Bafetimbi Gomis is flagged offside after firing in a shot on the turn which is parried by Fraser Forster. Good pass from Jonjo Shelvey in the build-up.

  103. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Now it's Swansea's turn to try and put their foot on the ball, but they are being hurried by Southampton at every juncture. Good pressing from Ronald Koeman's side.

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    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea push on against Southampton

    Chibuzo C. Ejike: What is wrong with Swansea? More of that! They came to play against Southampton, not to get played.

    Simon Hancock: Going to be difficult for Swansea today in midfield, missing Britton, Montero, Ki, Routledge and Sigurdsson.

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  105. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    I'm sure you know this already, but it's transfer deadline day tomorrow. A football fan's Christmas Day. I wonder what each Premier League manager is currently doing? I imagine Sandra Redknapp is telling Harry off for using his phone at the dinner table. Jose? He's speaking to no-one.

  106. SUBSTITUTION

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Marvin Emnes has injured himself early on and he's subbed for Mo Barrow with tears welling in his eyes. He's distraught. Poor lad.

  107. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    "The way Southampton are playing is absolutely first class. You feel it is only a matter of time before they take the lead. Certainly if they had been a bit more clinical with their chances they would be comfortably ahead. Whenever they are in possession they look as though they are going to cause Swansea a threat. But having said that, I'm almost immediately proved wrong by Bafetimbi Gomis. Swansea will take heart from that. A good move."

  108. CLOSE!

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    From nowhere, Bafetimbi Gomis bursts into life on the edge of the box and cracks a stinging effort into the stanchion. Good effort.

  109. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Southampton are touching 72% possession in these early stages. Swansea have hardly touched the ball.

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    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Tom Holmes: I'm predicting a 3-1 Southampton win. Swansea don't look as impressive after a run of poor performances.

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  111. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    "A first class save. It was hit hard, a first-time shot, but what a reaction from Lukasz Fabianski. What I like about Southampton is that when they play the ball the person who plays it never stands still. Pass and move. That is always very hard to deal with. They are the dominant side here."

  112. GREAT SAVE!

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    The Saints are beginning to hit the high notes as they zip the ball about and spread the ball wide before delivering the perfect cross for James Ward-Prowse to sidefoot a low shot from 12 yards - only to be denied by Lukasz Fabianski's fine save.

  113. PENALTY APPEAL

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Mmmm, an interesting early decision for referee Michael Oliver as Ryan Bertrand races into the penalty area but is blocked off by Federico Fernandez and goes tumbling. No penalty, says the ref. He gets that one right - Bertrand had over-run the ball - after a difficult night on Tuesday in that Chelsea v Liverpool clash.

  114. Premier League reaction on Twitter

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    Hector Bellerin

    Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin: "What a feeling to get my first goal for @Arsenal! Great team performance to make it the perfect day!"

  115. KICK-OFF

    Southampton 0-0 Swansea

    Southampton get us under way as the sun begins to set on the St Mary's stadium.

  116. Post update

    Southampton v Swansea (16:00 GMT)

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    "Swansea have lost their way somewhat. It is very important for them to recover from the sale of Wilfried Bony, because they have fallen away a little since. In the second half of the season you can start to think negatively and look behind you. I would imagine many of the side will look at the league table and feel a little bit concerned about where they are."

  117. Manager reaction

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert on Sky Sports: "For 65 minutes or so we were in the game. We had a great chance at the end of the first half and I thought Christian [Benteke] should have score after half-time. The goals after that were very poor from our point of view. The reaction to the goals was poor.

    "It is difficult, when you don't score you don't win games. You have to keep working hard in training and hopefully it turns around. We had chances to score but you have to take them. We have to keep our confidence up. We came into this with confidence.

    "We have definitely got enough [to stay up]. If we can do one or two more [signings] then we will try. It is not easy to bring people in but if we can we will. I am looking for anybody who can improve the side."

  118. Manager reaction

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Sky Sports: "It was positive because we kept a clean sheet. We know we can score goals. We needed to be patient because they tried to stop us going forward. With time going on we had a chance to play through their lines and that made the difference.

    "You cannot fault anyone's performance. Mesut [Ozil] did well. It takes a while to get that sharpness back.

    "We had a rigorous attitude defensively. Even at 4-0, 5-0 up people were willing to work back. We want to play collectively and offensively to the end.

    "You could see that mentally for Villa the second goal was a big blow to them. They are in a difficult position."

  119. League One update

    Bristol City 0-0 Fleetwood

    One week on from taking West Ham close in the FA Cup, Bristol City's focus is back on the League One title race. Kieran Agard had an effort tipped onto the crossbar early on for the home side but it's goalless at half-time.

    A win will take Steve Cotterill's side back to the top of the table after MK Dons overtook them with an emphatic 5-0 win at Crewe on Saturday.

  120. Post update

    Southampton v Swansea (16:00 GMT)

    There can't be many Swansea fans still around who can remember their team winning at Southampton. The Welsh side are winless in their last 10 visits to Southampton since a 4-1 win 62 years ago in the old Second Division (D2, L8).

  121. Post update

    Southampton v Swansea (16:00 GMT)

    Former England manager Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

    "Southampton really are very good to watch and all credit should be given to the manager for that. Whether you are a new manager or not you have a responsibility for how the team is going to play and Ronald Koeman and Southampton have done incredibly well. They have only conceded 16 goals all season, and that is absolutely first class."

  122. Post update

    Southampton v Swansea (16:00 GMT)

    Of course, there is no Wilfried Bony for Swansea anymore. He's due to link up with Manchester City on his return from the Africa Cup of Nations, and his replacement Bafetimbi Gomis has work to do to step into the Ivorian's shoes.

    "Gomis seems to be doing a lot of talking off the pitch, but certainly now he needs to start doing his talking on it," says former Wales striker John Hartson.

    "He has an opportunity now to show the fans. He gets the shirt, he'll play every week, no more Bony, and he's got a chance now. He's on big wages... he came from Lyon with a big reputation."

  123. Post update

    Southampton v Swansea (16:00 GMT)

    Ronald Koeman

    Ronald Koeman continues to tinker with his impressive squad, having sold Steven Finn lookalike Jack Cork to Swansea. That deal wasn't done in time for the midfielder to start today, but it has given the manager funds to pursue Feyenoord defensive midfielder Tonny Vilhena, 20, and Benfica's attacking midfielder Filip Djuricic, 23, who is currently on loan with Mainz.

  124. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    Chris, Cambridge: Second league match in a row Arsenal have had less possession but looked comfortable. A heartening change of style from Arsene Wenger?

    Dane Vallejo: With no Alexis Sanchez today, does that mean Arsenal just won 5-0 with no players?

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  125. Post update

    Southampton v Swansea (16:00 GMT)

    So, Southampton need three points today to reclaim third place from Manchester United. Is today the day their bubble pops? Or are they in for the long haul?

  126. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    Arsenal players celebrate

    Matt, London: I am often very quick to detract from Arsenal when they aren't playing well. It's only fair that I praise them when they are. They have been an absolute joy this afternoon. Ruthless counter attack, and the players that should still be recovering from injuries are on fine form. Well done.

    Bob: Manchester United, Southampton, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool separated by just five points and all hitting form at the rite time. The battle for top four is looking like its going to be epic!

    Julian, Surrey: For us Villa fans who also like cricket and tennis it's basically been non-stop pain for exactly 12 hours.

  127. Player reaction

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    More from Arsenal forward Theo Walcott,speaking to Sky Sports: "Mesut [Ozil] has worked tremendously hard to recover from injury, like myself. They always say it's not going to happen overnight but it has for him - two goals in two games. I haven't played that much with him since he joined the club, his touch, and his general play is fantastic. I'm very grateful to be able to play with him and hopefully we can both stay fit now and charge on from here. It is always nice to get goals, especially at the Emirates. My little boy was here today too. The finish was great and it's such a relief to get that goal out of the way but it is all about the three points."

  128. Player reaction

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    Arsenal forward Theo Walcott,speaking to Sky Sports: "The first half was cautious. Aston Villa came at us with a game plan and pressured us, so at the break 1-0 was just deserved. But in the second half, I can't think of a more one-sided game. At the end Ashley Westwood had a shot and I think all the Villa fans were cheering. It's a great victory. The crowd here is buzzing. When a team is at the top of their game then everything happens for them."

  129. FULL-TIME

    Celtic 2-0 Rangers

    Celtic fans celebrate

    Celtic are through to the Scottish League Cup final against Dundee United on 15 March. They were comfortable victors over Glasgow rivals Rangers in the semi-final at Hampden this afternoon, Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons their scorers.

  130. Post update

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa are having a shocker, aren't they? That's now six league games without scoring - a club record.

  131. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    Ivanov van der poel: Going to be a long two weeks for us Villa fans. Chelsea next… something has to happen, otherwise we're doomed.

    Daniel Kelly: Aston Villa are dreadful. Maybe being relegated will be for the best, they may come back a better team... who SCORE!!

    Paul Collins: No offence to Yaya Sanogo, and I hope he proves me wrong, but Chuba Akpom looks a far better prospect.

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  132. How it stands

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    Arsenal are up to fifth, putting the pressure on Southampton with another impressive performance.

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa
  133. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    Adam Lenton: On another day Villa would have won this. But only because Arsenal would not have been at the ground.

    Ifeanyi Okagbue: Is Francis Coquelin Arsenal's new Patrick Vieira and the defensive midfielder they have been looking for?

    Simon Jennings: The person in charge of editing Villa's DVD of the season's highlights will just have to put Carles Gil's FA Cup goal on repeat...

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  134. Post update

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    The Arsenal players are all smiles as they lap up the crowd's applause. Five star stuff.

    The Aston Villa players traipse off in a very glum mood. That's extra running in training tomorrow.

  135. Post update

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    Former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe

    BBC Radio West Midlands at Emirates Stadium

    On the fifth goal: "Arsenal just lay it off to him and Hector Bellerin provides a side-foot finish. Brad Guzan's sight must have been blocked a little bit, and the ball went through a few players' legs."

  136. FULL-TIME

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

    Ashley Westwood also pulls one goal back for Villa with a thunderous rising strike but it is brilliantly saved. No consolation and the whistle sounds seconds later.

  137. GOAL

    Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa - Hector Bellerin

    Hector Bellerin

    Superb from young full-back Hector Bellerin, who sidefoots a clinical finish home from 22 yards out. Poor Brad Guzan in the Villa goal can't get anywhere near it as the ball goes in off the post.

  138. Post update

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    Chuba Akpom has had a few chances since stepping from the bench and he's played in again but his tame shot is easy for Brad Guzan.

  139. INJURY TIME

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    Don't worry, Aston Villa fans. In three minutes you'll be put out of your misery.

  140. Post update

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    Mesut Ozil goes all Georgi Kinkladze and dances round defenders for fun but his finish can't match the jinking run. Nacho Monreal mops up behind him and hammers a shot goalwards, but again it doesn't trouble the scorers.

  141. Team news

    Southampton v Swansea (16:00 GMT)

    Southampton's St Mary's Stadium

    Here's the team news from that absolute humdinger I'm predicting...

    Hosts Southampton make two changes from their FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace, with Maya Yoshida and Harrison Reed in for Florin Gardos and the departed Jack Cork, who signed for Swansea this week.

    New signing Cork is not in the Swansea squad, although fellow new boy Kyle Naughton is handed a debut as one of six changes from the cup loss at Blackburn. Marvin Emnes and Jay Fulton also start.

    Southampton XI: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Steven Davis, Reed, Tadic, Ward-Prowse, Elia, Pelle.

    Swansea XI: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Fulton, Carroll, Dyer, Shelvey, Emnes, Gomis.

  142. Scottish League Cup latest

    Latest: Celtic 2-0 Rangers

    If damage limitation was the target for Rangers, then they can view the second half as some sort of success. However, they have had only a wayward Lee Wallace shot to show for 80-odd minutes of football so far. Celtic continue to press for a third but in truth the match is petering out. It will surely be Celtic playing Dundee United in the Scottish League Cup final next month.

    You can follow - and watch - the action on our Scotland live text.

  143. Post update

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    Another chance for Chuba Akpom, who rises high eight yards out but can't get enough power on his header as he directs his effort straight at Brad Guzan.

  144. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    Arsenal in for fifth as Hector Bellerin squares across the six-yard box in the direction of Chuba Akpom but Ciaran Clark gets back to snuff out the danger.

  145. Post update

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    Former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe

    BBC Radio West Midlands at Emirates Stadium

    "The way Villa started this game was always going to be the most important thing. In the first seven or eight minutes they put Arsenal under a bit of pressure but to have given the ball away as much as they have done since, Arsenal are going to punish you. The changes were made to go and have a go, and Villa are now 4-0 down. At least they have shown they were willing to try and have go, but in the second half they've only created one half-chance."

  146. Post update

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    This non-contest is petering out now. Arsenal and Villa have been worlds apart.

    But fear not, I'm putting my neck on the line and predicting an absolute humdinger between Southampton and Swansea in the late kick-off. You heard it here, first.

  147. Post update

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    Carles Gil with a free-kick 25 yards out, but it sails over the bar. The person who is in charge of editing Aston Villa's end-of-season DVD has got a tough job on his hands with this match...

  148. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    Coquelin tackles

    Shohidur Rahman: Can you imagine what the score would be if Alexis Sanchez was playing?

    Matthew Penistone: You'd never class injuries as lucky, but without injuries Arsenal might never have seen Francis Coquelin and Hector Bellerin become this good.

    Mark Lynch: As a non-Villa fan, I don't see how Paul Lambert still has a job. Negative, goal record is awful and most of them from set pieces.

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  149. Post update

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    How many goals will Arsenal need to score today before Paul Lambert starts to slip off his tightrope?

  150. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    Aaron Ramsey

    Go and have an early bath, Aaron Ramsey. Get yourself into the sponsors' lounge for pats all round. The Welsh midfielder is replaced by Mathieu Flamini.

  151. Post update

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    Former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe

    BBC Radio West Midlands at Emirates Stadium

    "It's in Brad Guzan's hands and he actually parries it into the net. No wonder he is a bit frustrated. For the penalty, Chuba Akpom really mis-controlled the ball but because of his pace he got there ahead of Guzan. I thought Guzan made a good challenge."

  152. GOAL

    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa - Santi Cazorla penalty

    Santi Cazorla makes it 4-0 from the spot

    A strange spot-kick, but Santi Cazorla makes it 4-0 from the spot when he hammers the ball straight at Brad Guzan who seems to be caught by surprise as he fumbles it over the line.

  153. PENALTY TO ARSENAL

    Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

    The onrushing Chuba Akpom is sent sprawling by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Penalty! Looked harsh on first inspection, but the referee looks to have made the right call.

  154. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

    Rowan (Not Rhowan): This weekend has been the weekend of super recoveries! Daniel Sturridge, Mesut Ozil and now Theo Walcott!

    Jozef Podsiadly: Getting Ron Vlaar on an intensive course of magic sponge treatment has got to be a priority for Paul Lambert!

    Tim Bechervaise: North London derby shaping up to be a tasty treat next Saturday...

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  155. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

    Theo Walcott's work is done, and he's cheered from the pitch to be replaced by Tomas Rosicky. Chuba Akpom also gets a run, replacing Olivier Giroud.

  156. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

    Santi Cazorla

    Carles Gil trips Santi Cazorla and goes into the book. Encapsulated the match that - Arsenal always one step ahead of Villa. From the resulting free-kick, Olivier Giroud glances Cazorla's fine delivery against the bar.

  157. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

    Former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe

    BBC Radio West Midlands at Emirates Stadium

    "Paul Lambert is making the changes now. Christian Benteke will remain up front as the focal point and it looks like Scott Sinclair will be on the left and Gabriel Agbonlahor on the right."

  158. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa shake it up, sending on Scott Sinclair for his debut alongside club stalwart Gabby Agbonlahor. Tom Cleverley and Andreas Weimann make way.

  159. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

    Former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe

    BBC Radio West Midlands at Emirates Stadium

    "After Aston Villa had the ball up top, the goalkeeper David Ospina collects and Arsenal work it towards Villa's goal. Theo Walcott, cutting inside he caught Alan Hutton flat-footed and just bends it into the far corner."

  160. GOAL

    Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa - Theo Walcott

    Walcott scores Arsenal's second

    Arsenal at their best. They hit Villa on the counter in sublime fashion - the keeper bowling the ball out and the ball is quickly worked to Santi Cazorla who plays a neat pass into the path of Theo Walcott who is given the freedom of the pitch to set himself and curl the ball across and beyond Brad Guzan. So swift was the counter-attack, Villa centre-half Jores Okore was just crossing the halfway line when the ball rippled the net.

  161. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa

    Peter Withe has hit the nail on the head for me. What is Villa's plan? They lack so much direction. Saying that Fabian Delph has ventured forward and dragged a low shot wide of the far post.

  162. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa

    Former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe

    BBC Radio West Midlands at Emirates Stadium

    "We're into the realms of the 'what ifs? of football management and Villa will have discussed the options here. You're 2-0 down, what is the game plan now? Do you sit back or do you have a go? For me, you have to push more players forward. Fabian Delph needs to be further up the field, and Christian Benteke could do with a partner up front."

  163. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa

    Ozil shoots for Arsenal

    Biggie: The Gym must have done wonders. Mesut Ozil is on fire.

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  164. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa

    Roy Hodgson and Gary Neville are deep in conversation in the Emirates stands.

    "No, Roy, he's German." "What about the lad who played the pass?" "French."

  165. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa

    Former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe

    BBC Radio West Midlands at Emirates Stadium

    "A counter attack as fast as you like. Arsenal found the overlapping run and I actually thought Villa had recovered to cover Mesut Ozil, but his creeping shot just found the far corner."

  166. GOAL

    Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa - Mesut Ozil

    Ozil scores Arsenal's scend

    Maybe we were all fooled. Maybe Arsenal planned this all along. They drew Aston Villa forward, then took them apart on the counter - Olivier Giroud's wonderful pass putting Mesut Ozil through on goal and the German makes no mistakes with a composed finish across the onrushing goalkeeper.

  167. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Steve Wilson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Carlos Sanchez gives the ball away

    "Some of Carlos Sanchez's passing today has been atrocious."

  168. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    All of a sudden, the momentum has shifted. Aston Villa are starting to camp in the Arsenal half, probing away in the final third. Those Arsenal fans who urged caution during that dominant first half performance might have had a point.

  169. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Sam, Nottingham: Big half for Arsenal, you feel as though they need another goal to settle the crowd.

    Catherine, Bury: How I wish Robin van Persie was still playing for Arsenal. He'd have converted a few more of those chances into a comfortable lead.

  170. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Arsenal seem a little flat in the second half. They don't have the zip about their play which saw them boss the first half, and Christian Benteke spurns another chance when he rises above Laurent Koscielny but heads wide.

  171. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Theo Walcatt

    Sean: Is Aston Villa's Premier League goal drought longer than the Lord of the Rings trilogy yet?

    Kavit Gada: Theo needs to start performing for his place and all his big talk of this attack being better then Bergkamp, Pires and Henry.

    Emily: My brother is corporate at the Emirates. He's just informed me he's had some red wine and a cheeseboard at half-time.

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  172. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Steve Wilson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "This is the 12th away game Aston Villa have had this season. Their goal tally? 4. That's a lot of miles per goal for the fans."

  173. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe

    BBC Radio West Midlands at Emirates Stadium

    "That was a great little move down the left side but Christian Benteke just couldn't wrap his foot round the cut-back to find the corner of the net. I was worried Andreas Weimann wouldn't come out for the second half, because it looked like he was struggling with his fitness in the first, but he looks OK - he played the pass in."

  174. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    30 seconds into the second half and Aston Villa already look more of a threat as they work their way into the box and Christian Benteke pokes wide from 12 yards out.

  175. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Second half under way.

  176. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    As I sit looking at pictures of the Emirates, it's striking how empty the middle tier of the stadium is. There is not a single soul sat in the hospitality seats as they tuck into their half-time banquet. Anybody in the posh seats today? What's on the menu?

  177. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Dave Payne: Same old Arsenal, not converting domination into a bigger lead. And they'll probably let Villa back into it.

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  178. Celtic v Rangers latest

    Half-time: Celtic 2-0 Rangers

    The first period ends with Celtic in complete command of the second Scottish League Cup semi-final. Ronny Deila's side look far too strong for their old rivals and, unless Rangers boss Kenny McDowall can inspire his players to transform their performance in the second half, it will be Celtic who will play Dundee United in the final in March.

    Celtic have scored from a Leigh Griffiths header and a fierce Kris Commons shot but it could have been worse for Rangers - Virgil van Dijk ought to have scored with a close-range header and Stefan Johansen was denied a goal by smart goalkeeping by Steve Simonsen. Rangers need to score the next goal or it's all over.

    You can follow - and watch - the action on our Scotland live text.

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    Former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe

    BBC Radio West Midlands at Emirates Stadium

    Paul Lambert

    "You feel Paul Lambert will be saying to them: 'It's 1-0 but we could have equalised.' In the second half we should see Villa pushing up high as much as they can, to put Arsenal under more pressure in their own half. And to get more players into the opposition penalty box."

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    Just to confirm that Christian Benteke is playing, here's the striker's touch map. He's had 11 touches of the ball in 45 minutes. Not his fault he's been starved of service, though.

    Benteke
  181. HALF-TIME

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Half-time is signalled as Arsenal keeper David Ospina comes off his line to confidently collect a corner. He looks accomplished - rather like the rest of his team-mates as they head for some half-time oranges.

  182. INJURY TIME

    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    There's almost an exhibition feel about some of Arsenal's play. They are just so good, but they are also failing to transfer their dominance into the currency of goals. One minute of injury time.

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    Former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe

    BBC Radio West Midlands at Emirates Stadium

    "Andreas Weimann should score, it was a brilliant cross into the box and he got ahead of his man. The goalkeeper made a great save though, parrying it out. And then of course Arsenal, as so often happens, went down the other end and created an opportunity of their own straight away on the counter."

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    Andreas Weimann has a header from six yards out saved

    Chances at both ends. First Andreas Weimann has a header from six yards out saved by David Ospina before Arsenal counter and Kieran Richardson makes a fine tackle to deny the Gunners.

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    Olivier Giroud is down with a thigh injury after colliding with Jores Okore. He looks to be struggling.

    Meanwhile, up in the stands, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires watch on, chatting about the match in front of them. A pair of cool dudes.

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    Former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe

    BBC Radio West Midlands at Emirates Stadium

    "It looks like Andreas Weimann has a problem with his running. He has just indicated to the bench that something's up and I think they might have to make a change, although they might also try to give him until the break. Looking at how long is left in this first half, Villa just have to try and contain Arsenal and stay in the game."

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    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa are getting dominated in midfield. How they must pine for the days of Ian Taylor and Gordon Cowans? Paul McGrath would be quite useful to have at the back too. It's all too easy for Arsenal at the moment as another one-pass-too-many move ends with Theo Walcott being flagged offside.