Southampton host Arsenal at St. Mary’s on Thursday evening. Arsenal’s had a killer blow on Sunday as they were beaten 2-1 at Brighton.

SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS

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

Subs: Gunn, Vestergaard, Long, Adams, Romeu, Walker-Peters, Smallbone, Vokins, Tella. 


ARSENAL TEAM NEWS

Starting XI: Martinez, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney, Pepe, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Nketiah, Aubameyang.

Subs: Macey, Sokratis, Lacazette, Ozil, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Willock, Kolasinac, Smith.

1 min

Referee Graham Scott blows his whistle for the time and both sets of players, staff and officials take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

5 min

Southampton forward on the attack again as the hosts’ encouraging start continues.

8 min

Saka makes a great run down the left and Pepe strokes the ball home from close range, but the flag goes up.

15 min

Arsenal bench as Saka goes down injured following a full-bloodied collision with Hojbjerg in the area.

GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 ARSENAL (Nketiah, 20)

25 min

The first of today’s two scheduled drinks break.

30 min

Tierney sends a throw which Saka gathers before driving forward with real purpose.

36 min

Valery struggles to cope with Saka’s pace and is forced to bundle him to ground.

42 min

Armstrong through ball almost finds Bertrand but Bellerin intervenes with a crucial challenge.

45 min

There will be THREE minutes of added time.

HT: SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 ARSENAL

46 min

Double change at the break for Southampton as Long and Walker-Peters replace Obafemi and Valery.

51 min

Ward-Prowse’s first-time effort flashes a yard over the Arsenal bar.

58 min

Redmond intercepts Martinez pass, but fortunately for the Gunners his cross into the box is over-hit and they’re able to regain possession.

64 min

SUB! First change for Arsenal as Willock replaces Pepe.

68 min

Armstrong cuts inside of the right flank and his shot rises over the bar.

Tierney is unable to continue and Kolasinac comes on in his place.

73 min

Ward-Prowse puts one into the heart of the Arsenal backline and Ceballos half flicks it clear but smacks the side netting. 

79 min

SUBS! Ceballos and Nketiah replaced. On comes Lacazette and Maitland-Niles.

84 min

STEPHENS SENT OFF FOR SOUTHAMPTON!!

GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 0-2 ARSENAL (Willock, 87)

90 min

Six minutes added on here.

90 + 6 min

SOUTHAMPTON 0-2 ARSENAL

Alex McCarthy error presented Eddie Nketiah with the easiest of finishes before fellow academy graduate Joe Willock wrapped up the points after Jack Stephens was sent-off.

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