Arsenal beat Southampton last night away from home in the pretty much one-sided encounter. Arsenal are 12 points adrift of 4th placed Chelsea and 5 points away from 5th placed Manchester United, with all three fighting to secure their position in the top four, for a spot in next year’s lucrative Champions league tournament. On the same night, Chelsea beat Manchester City 2 goals to 1 in a spectacular performance which saw Liverpool being crowned Champions of England without them having to kick a ball.
In the early parts of the first half, Arsenal’s star striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came close to scoring only to hit the cross bar.
Southampton’s Stewart Armstrong also came close to scoring when he tried a long ranger which went just inches wide away from the Arsenal goal.
Eddie Nketiah made the most of an error by Southampton’s goalie Harry Lewis as he snatched the ball and ran away with it to give Arsenal the lead, making it one of the easiest goals of the season.
Arsenal continued with their game dominance in the second half as Aubameyang almost forced an own goal by a Southampton defender who was trying to clear the ball when he laid a low pass towards Nketiah in the eighteen area.
Southampton showed glimpse of brilliance from time to time as Redmond hit the side netting in an “almost goal” situation.
Arsenal keeper Martinez was once more called to action as he parried a shot by Southampton Long right at the middle of the match’s second half.
Jack Stephens made a deliberate attempt to trip Aubameyang as the striker made a threatening dash towards Southampton goal, earning himself a red card and conceding a foul against his team close to the eighteen yard box. The resulting free kick was taken by Alexandre Lacazette, but it was blocked by the man wall, and the rebound was finally tucked into the net by Joe Willock giving Arsenal a two goal lead.
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