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Summary

  1. Arsenal miss chance to go top
  2. Saints had not won in previous six games

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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MOTD till midnight

Right, what are you lot still doing here?

It is 22:30 GMT and there is only one place to be and that is watching Match of the Day, with Match of the Day Social to accompany you.

See you over there.

Saints go climbing up

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Southampton table
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And Southampton can breathe a little easier.

Based on their performance today, they will be a lot higher in the hit parade come May.

Top of the league

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Premier League
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This is what the north end of the Premier League looks like.

Leicester still safe and sound in top slot despite defeat today.

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Fickle Arsenal fans. Don't dismiss long-term stability. See where Man United currently are... #bbcfootball

#bbcfootball Mourinho would 1-0 this Arsenal squad to the title. #JanuaryTransferWindow

"Passion and togetherness"

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Jose Fonte
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Southampton skipper Jose Fonte talking to BT Sport: "It was imperative that we had a reaction and today we showed passion and togetherness to change the bad run we were on. I'm very happy with our performance and the result.

"The plan before the game was to be ourselves - a hard-working team, quality up front and defending well as a team. We showed today we are still a very good team and from now it gives us good confidence to go on a good run."

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The way the season is going and the fact Lecister are only on 38, could only need 75 points to win. Would be joint lowest ever #bbcfootball

Would there really be any team that will be regarded as worthy winners of the premier league this season? #bbcfootball

#bbcfootball Shocking performance - Wenger shows the world he is not world class. Any manager worth his salt would have rotated today.

"We did not play well enough"

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger talking to BT Sport: "We lost too many challenges today, they were sharper than us. I think we were unlucky as well, their first shot on goal went into the top corner from the right back, the second goal came after a foul on Koscielny.

"It's a disappointing result but I have to say well done to Southampton. The referee let a lot go but when you're not dominant in challenges that is the price you have to pay.

"The title is down to consistency to fight in every single game and produce a performance. Today was a very physical game and we didn't play well enough."

"A fantastic performance"

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Southampton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman talking to BT Sport: "It was a fantastic performance against a good Arsenal team - that's a big compliment to the players..We caused them lots of problems up front through Mane and Long. Perfect performance today.

"Normally I keep criticism of my players inside but sometimes people need to know what the manager is thinking. We showed fantastic belief in everybody and showed how good we are today if we play at our level.

"The second half was far better than the first, some good goals and maybe more chances to score more."

Ronald Koeman
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RUNING ORDER
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It is a bumper Match of the Day this evening, with all 20 Premier League teams in action.

Watch from 22:30 on BBC One, with Southampton v Arsenal first up.

You may want to put the kettle on Gunners' fans.

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Ronald Koeman has just popped up in front of the television cameras, all wry smiles and barely contained glee.

Arsene Wenger is next in the queue. He is not sparing his side too much, telling them that they were second best in too many challenges.

Full quotes to come very shortly.

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

The team that wins the league this season will drop a lot of points. Normally there will be a team that won't allow you to do that. This year every one is fallible and everyone looks to have weaknesses which don't look likely to change. Nobody look the finish article so I think it will be topsy, turvy until the end end.

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Jose Fonte (number six) and Juanmi (No 20) combined before Dusan Tadic set Shane Long free to score his second of the match. 

Nothing too fancy about any of that...

Shane Long's second goal
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Shane Long's second goal

"They did not like the pace in behind"

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Southampton

Shane Long celebrates
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Southampton striker Shane Long speaking to BT Sport: "We knew we were a good enough team, but it was not happening in the last few weeks. We went out there with the idea of fighting hard for each other firstly and hoping the play comes from there. They did not like the pace in behind from me and Sadio and we played on that.

"It was a good day all round, but we have got a hard game coming up in two days' time against West Ham."

On opening goalscorer Cuco Martina: "He's been brilliant in training, worked really hard and deserved his chance in the team. He deserved the goal and that performance today."

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

With the spread of the money in the league, it's allowing the lesser sides, so to speak, to compete. There's been a definite levelling out.

This does not flatter Southampton, they were fantastic. They had a game-plan and stuck to it. The first goal was massively important. They got it got it and then exploited Arsenal's weaknesses. On the flip side, Arsenal were awful.

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Arsenal have had the look of champions in the past few weeks.

Today they looked like mid-table fodder at best, short of cutting edge and, more worryingly, fighting spirit.

Perhaps today was the day when the injuries to the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin caught up with them.

FULL-TIME

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Petr Cech looks dejected
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Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

Arsenal have looked vulnerable to that ball in behind all night. They have got away with four. 

Long time coming

Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Shane Long scores
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Arsenal's defence is shredded by Shane Long's pace once more and this time the finish sticks.

Juanmi lays the ball into oceans of space behind an Arsenal defence playing far too high and Long advances to squeeze the ball between Petr Cech's legs for a humiliating fourth.

GOAL - Southampton 4-0 Arsenal

Shane Long

Shane Long celebrates
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Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

I don't think we can under-estimate what that first goal from Martina did. If Arsenal had scored first we would have had to see a different performance from Southampton. As it is, it's worked perfectly for them.

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

Per Mertesacker looked like he was treading in treacle as he chased after Shane Long in that latest Southampton chance.

Arsenal's defence has been better of late, but that is a weak link.

One that Barcelona might make even more of in the Champions League last 16.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

Shane Long scampers in, slides the side-foot finish past Petr Cech, but only against the base of the post.

Southampton denied a scoreline-plumping fourth.

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I still believe. Its only a game and the season is long. We have Arsene Wenger. #bbcfootball

#bbcfootball AFC have gone back to trying to pass their way through. They have been more succesful this season when being more direct

Hoping Arsene Wenger's planning on doing some shopping in January #bbcfootball

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

"One Ronald Koeman" chant the Southampton fans.

This has definitely been the sunny side of his Jekyll and Hyde team.

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

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Arsenal's fans are heading for the train station.

The exodus has begun. They will hope for better at home to Bournemouth on Monday.

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

Sadio Mane received a standing ovation as he was substituted and this graphic of his successful passes during the match illustrates why the Saints playmaker received such warm applause. 

Sadio Mane's successful passes
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Sadio Mane's successful passes

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

Southampton are applying a salt massage to those Arsenal wounds.

There are four of them haring upfield in a swift counter and Shane Long cannot quite get over the top of Dusan Tadic's deep cross - the ball looping up off his head from Petr Cech to claim.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

The best player on the pitch heads off it. Sadio Mane makes way for Juanmi and gets the standing ovation he deserves.

CLOSE!

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

A low cross into the Southampton box. Olivier Giroud gets a touch, as does goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and the ball runs agonisingly across the face of the goal and away to safety for the Saints.

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If United had been scoring goals we would be running away with the league, it's crazy, no one wants to be top only Leicester. #bbcfootball

Something tells me Mr Ranieri will be feeling a little better watching this match. Most unpredictable season ever? #bbcfootball

It's only one game but #Arsenal have failed to take advantage this evening. They need to use January wisely to become champions.#bbcfootball

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger rolls the dice again.

Off comes Theo Walcott, on comes Alex Iwobi.

The 19-year-old is Jay Jay Okocha's nephew. Arsenal need some of his uncle's magic now.

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

Mesut Ozil stands over a free-kick in a decent spot.

The big lads are up. Fifteen minutes to go. The Arsenal need something from this if they are to pull a point out of the hat.

Nope. Southampton clear with comfort to spare.

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

If you had £30m and could get hold of Wanyama you'd buy him tomorrow. He's a fantastic player.

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

A bit of midfield biff as Victor Wanyama snaps in on Aaron Ramsey, the Welshman reacts angrily and the pair lock antlers for a bit.

Referee Jon Moss pushes them apart and tells them to simmer down.

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

It was a corner. Just a corner. Simple but effective from the Saints. 

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal
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Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

It did not look like there was a lot of fight in the belly of this Arsenal team at two down.

At three, it is chin on chest time for the Gunners.

This will be a procession for the Saints in the final 20 minutes, barring something extraordinary.

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Arsenal doing an Arsenal and bottling it when they have a chance to go top 😂 #bbcfootball #SFCvAFC

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

It's a great run at the near post and a super ball in but he's the one that wants it. Fonte showed the greatest determination. It's a bonkers league. Arsenal have been so average tonight and it could have been worse.

Fonte surely wraps it up

Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

Jose Fonte scores
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Goodnight Islington.

That is the Gunners as stuffed as the festive bird.

It is a routine third as Jose Fonte meets a corner with a bullet header at the near post.

Petr Cech  started to come off his line and decided against it. Maybe that spread some uncertainty among his defenders, but no-one came out of that looking good for the Gunners.

GOAL - Southampton 3-0 Arsenal

Jose Fonte

Jose Fonte celebrates
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