Saints denied by last-gasp Arsenal

Emirates Stadium | Sat 23 Nov 3PM | Attendance: 60,295
Match Report Highlights

Arsenal vs Saints
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Arsenal vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Southampton have to settle for a point at the Emirates as Lacazette pounces late on
  • Ings breaks the deadlock in the seventh minute from quickly-taken Bertrand free-kick
  • Lacazette equalises for Arsenal 10 minutes later
  • Ward-Prowse scores the rebound after his initial penalty was saved 20 minutes from time

FULL TIME: Arsenal 2-2 Southampton

A great point in isolation, but what a huge chance missed for Southampton, who had countless opportunities to kill off their below-par hosts. Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse twice put Saints in front, but twice Alexandre Lacazette had the answer, including deep into stoppage time, as Arsenal scraped a point they simply did not deserve.

+7’

Boufal shoots wide

Another opportunity for Saints to get a third, as Boufal tries to curl one but it's just past the post.

Saints have been punished

Martinelli gets to the byeline and digs out a cross that reaches Lacazette at the far post, who pokes it in from close range. Saints have missed a hatful of chances to kill this game.

+5’

GOAL

Alexandre Lacazette (+5’) | 2 2

+4’

Another great chance...

Fantastic footwork from Boufal, who sets up Djenepo for a glaring opportunity, but he skews his shot wide from six yards...

+1’

7️⃣ added minutes... 😰

We're into a lengthy period of stoppage time. Come on Saints!

90’

Yellow Card for Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal)

Guendouzi is punished for complaining to the referee as Stephens goes down to receive treatment.

88’

Djenepo denied by goal-line clearance

That could have been the clincher! Redmond tees up Djenepo, who beats Leno but not the covering defender on the line, and Arsenal are just about still in this.

86’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Stuart Armstrong

Another attacking change as the hobbling Armstrong departs. Saints are not sitting on this - they want a third goal.

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84’

McCarthy saves well

The keeper comes to Saints' aid to keep out Willock's header from a corner.

84’

Arsenal substitution: Joseph Willock replaces Lucas Torreira

A double change for the hosts. Emery's last throw of the dice...

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83’

Arsenal substitution: Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva replaces Héctor Bellerín

Martinelli is on and Arsenal have no shortage of strikers on the pitch now.

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83’

Armstrong drills one wide

That was close! Ward-Prowse's corner is headed out only to Armstrong, whose vicious low drive skids just past the post.

81’

Yellow Card for Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

It's a booking for time wasting... 10 minutes to go here 😬

76’

Southampton substitution: Moussa Djenepo replaces Michael Obafemi

Another like for like swap as Saints introduce more fresh legs for the closing stages.

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75’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Danny Ings

Saints' first change sees the man who won the penalty depart...

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GOALSCORER 16 James Ward-Prowse

Ward-Prowse scores!!!

At the second attempt, that is... his initial penalty is saved by Leno, but it's a simple finish on the rebound for the midfielder. Saints lead with 20 minutes to go!

71’

GOOOAL!!!

James Ward-Prowse (71’) | 1 2

71’

Yellow Card for Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)

Tierney goes in the book for the challenge. It's Ward-Prowse to take...

69’

PENALTY TO SAINTS

Ings is tugged by Tierney and goes down in the box... penalty given!

66’

A golden chance for Saints 😨

Cédric wins the ball in the Arsenal penalty area as the hosts have a nightmare at the back, but he can't find Obafemi with a square pass across goal that would've given the youngster a simple tap-in. A massive let-off for the Gunners.

65’

Yellow Card for Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal)

Yellow card number four for the hosts. Pépé brings down Bertrand rather blatantly.

63’

Højbjerg has a go...

It's an ambitious effort from the skipper and flies wide of the target.

56’

Pépé strikes the crossbar

Tierney does well to get to the byeline and deliver a fine cross. Pépé tries so hard to keep his volley down that he strikes it into the turf, and watches it bounce up against the crossbar as McCarthy watches on.

54’

Leno denies Redmond

It's a rasping drive from the winger that Leno does well to tip over the bar. Saints still carrying a threat here, despite Arsenal's dramatic improvement.

53’

Pépé squanders great chance

The substitute raced through but, with Özil in support, elects to pass and Bednarek makes a vital interception.

51’

McCarthy saves crucially

Aubameyang looked set to fire Arsenal in front, but McCarthy stretches out a left leg and keeps him at bay. That was a big chance for the hosts, who look transformed after half time.

50’

Arsenal claim a penalty 😅

Sokratis connects sweetly on the volley and the ball strikes Armstrong on the hand, but the Saints man didn't have time to get out of the way and no spot-kick is awarded.

47’

Early action at both ends...

After Tierney's driven shot is blocked at one end, Torreira inadvertently comes close to beating his own goalkeeper, but Leno spares his blushes with a full-length save low to his left.

HT

We're back up and running!

The action is back under way. Keep up the momentum, Saints!

HT

Arsenal substitution: Nicolas Pépé replaces Calum Chambers

It's a half-time change for the Gunners.

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HALF TIME: Arsenal 1-1 Southampton

This scoreline is the least Saints deserve. The visitors have been the better side and created the better chances, having broken the deadlock early on through Danny Ings's smart finish. Arsenal's equaliser, scored by Alexandre Lacazette, is the only notable opportunity they've fashioned. If Saints can keep this going, there's no reason why they can't pull off a big result...

+2’

Yellow Card for Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)

A third yellow card in the Arsenal ranks, this one to Lacazette for bringing down Armstrong.

41’

Ward-Prowse tries his luck...

...from the halfway line 😳 It's ambitious, to say the least, and veers wide of the target, but underlines the confidence with which Saints have approached this first half.

38’

Ings fires wide

The striker seemed to pick up a knock in the build-up, but was still alive when the ball came back to him. On this occasion, however, his left-footed effort from 20 yards is a couple of yards wide.

31’

Yellow Card for Danny Ings (Southampton)

Ings catches Guendouzi late and it's another yellow card - Saints' first of the game.

30’

Højbjerg shoots wide

Ings does well with his back to goal to set up Højbjerg, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.

28’

Yellow Card for Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Arsenal)

Sokratis becomes the second Arsenal player to enter the book after a show of dissent.

23’

Yellow Card for Lucas Torreira (Arsenal)

Torreira is the first player into the book after halting Redmond cynically on the counter-attack.

23’

Ward-Prowse hobbling

The midfielder fouls Lacazette but comes off worse. It looked like a clash of knees, and he looks in some pain.

Lacazette levels things up

Bertrand does well to block Aubameyang's shot, but Lacazette is in the right place to force it home from close range and Arsenal are back on terms against the run of play.

17’

GOAL

Alexandre Lacazette (17’) | 1 1

GOALSCORER 9 Danny Ings

Saints in front!

Get in! Some quick thinking from Ryan Bertrand at a free-kick gives Danny Ings the opportunity to go eye to eye with Bernd Leno, and the striker keeps his cool to beat the keeper with a clinical finish just inside the near post!

7’

GOOOAL!!!

Danny Ings (7’) | 0 1

4’

Obafemi shows his pace

The forward races in behind to latch on to Ward-Prowse's pass over the top, but his touch gets away from him. Encouraging signs early on!

4’

Aubameyang's pass is overhit

First glimpse of Arsenal's attacking threat, as Aubameyang tries to slide the ball though for Lacazette, but it runs through harmlessly to McCarthy.

1’

Armstrong goes close!

The midfielder robs former Celtic teammate Tierney of possession and fires a blistering shot just wide from 20 yards! A bright start!

Saints get the game under way...

We're into the action! Yellows! 💛

15.02

We're ready to go! 💪

The teams are out and we're ready for kick-off at the Emirates!

14.59

Arsenal team confirmed 

Starting XI: Leno, Bellerin, Chambers, David Luiz, Sokratis, Tierney, Torreira, Guendouzi, Özil, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs: Martinez, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Nelson, Pépé, Martinelli.

14.52

Southampton line-up confirmed 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Cédric, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Armstrong, Obafemi, Ings, Redmond.

Subs: Gunn, Yoshida, Valery, Romeu, Boufal, Djenepo, Long.

14.47

Player arrivals 📸

Our club photographer was on hand to capture the players and staff arriving at the Emirates Stadium, where kick-off is just 20 minutes away... ⏳

14.41

Hear the manager's pre-match thoughts 💭

We caught up with Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl in his office at Staplewood, looking ahead of today's match-up in north London.

14.38

The Premier League is 🔙

After a two-week break for the November internationals, today Southampton return to Premier League action with a tricky trip to the capital to face Arsenal. But the Gunners have been inconsistent of late - can Saints spring a surprise? Stay with us to find out! We'll have all the build-up, team news, match updates and free live commentary from the Emirates Stadium...

14.30

Arsenal vs Saints Line Ups

Arsenal

1
Bernd Leno (GK)
23
David Luiz
21
Calum Chambers
Nicolas Pépé (45′)
5
Sokratis
11
Lucas Torreira
Joe Willock (83′)
29
Matteo Guendouzi
2
Héctor Bellerín
Gabriel Martinelli (83′)
3
Kieran Tierney
14
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (C)
9
Alexandre Lacazette
10
Mesut Özil
20
Shkodran Mustafi
19
Nicolas Pépé
15
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
35
Gabriel Martinelli
24
Reiss Nelson
26
Emiliano Martínez
28
Joe Willock

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
35
Jan Bednarek
2
Cédric Soares
21
Ryan Bertrand
5
Jack Stephens
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
16
James Ward-Prowse
22
Nathan Redmond
17
Stuart Armstrong
Sofiane Boufal (86′)
9
Danny Ings
Shane Long (73′)
20
Michael Obafemi
Moussa Djenepo (76′)
43
Yan Valery
12
Moussa Djenepo
3
Maya Yoshida
14
Oriol Romeu
7
Shane Long
28
Angus Gunn
19
Sofiane Boufal

Arsenal vs Saints Match Stats

Arsenal

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    61
    39
  • Shots
    12
    21
  • Shots on target
    5
    6
  • Corners
    6
    8
  • Passes Complete
    404
    235

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Shots On Target
3
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Chances Created
3
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
36
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Tackles
3
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
Clearances
7
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Saves
3
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy