Arsenal 0-0 Southampton (02.02.2016) Live Commentary

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It was a good decision to watch today’s encounter. There has been more to be seen on the pitch than in most of the other games. We have witnessed dominance of the home side in today’s game. The home team made a lot of passes and attempted to maintain possession. The away side’s tactic was counter-attacking.
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Nothing more will happen today, Lee Mason has blown his whistle and the game is over.
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Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) with a teasing cross into the area, but Fraser Forster (Southampton) intercepts the ball.
90+2′
The Arsenal players are exchanging fine passes and wait for an opportunity to start an attack. Now, a mistake came which caused the loss of possession.
90+1′
 
The current number of shots on goal is 10:3.
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Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went low into the middle of the target, but Fraser Forster (Southampton) was alert and didn’t let the score change.
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6 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
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Jose Fonte (Southampton) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
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Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) floats the free kick into the box, but the delivery is easily cleared by the first man.
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Gabriel (Arsenal) sees a yellow card from Lee Mason after he sent one of the opposing players to the ground. Southampton with a free kick.
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Arsenal keep the ball well and push forward with purpose, but here comes an interception from the opposition.
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A yellow card for a tackle by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal). Lee Mason doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.
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The substitution is prepared. Matt Targett (Southampton) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sadio Mane (Southampton).
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety.
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The ball is cleared after Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. It will be a corner kick for Arsenal.
85′
 
Substitution. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) will be replaced by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).
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Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) decided to speed play up with a short corner kick.
85′
Fraser Forster (Southampton) pulls off a superb save! He has to leap to block the shot Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) fired on target after a rebound. His effort from inside of the box is directed straight towards the middle of the goal, but is denied by the goalkeeper. The referee points to the corner flag. Arsenal are given a corner.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) almost got himself in a promising opportunity, but the pass from Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) was intercepted by one of the defending players.
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A player from Southampton commits an attacking foul. The referee blows his whistle.
84′
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) attempts to find one of his teammates with a ball from a free kick outside the box. The goalkeeper climbs high above all the players in the box to intercept the cross and denies the opportunity.
83′
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) acted too fiercely in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Lee Mason calls for a foul. Southampton are awarded the free kick.
83′
 
Substitution. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) did his best and is replaced by Juanmi (Southampton).
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) latches on to a cross from the free kick and finishes with a bullet header to the top of the net. Fraser Forster (Southampton) is alert, though, and makes a great save to deny his effort. Arsenal earn a corner.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) takes a direct free kick.
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James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is penalised for holding. Lee Mason signals for a set piece. There is a free kick near the sideline to Arsenal.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) whips the ball from the long-range free kick, but the first man gets it clear.
79′
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) jumps into tackle, but Lee Mason blows his whistle for a foul. There is a free kick given to Arsenal.
78′
Shane Long (Southampton) presents himself with a close-range shot after a cross. One of the defenders gets in the way of the ball and thwarts the effort.
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Jose Fonte (Southampton) is able to continue to play.
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Looks like Jose Fonte (Southampton) is struggling after picking up a knock. We will see if he can run that off.
73′
 
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
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Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball. The ball goes out-of-play. Arsenal are awarded a corner kick.
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The attendance is 60044.
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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) meets a cross from Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), but he cannot keep his header on target. It goes high over the crossbar.
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A ball from the corner kick arrives at the feet of Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) deep inside the box and he produces a shot. His low strike goes in the direction of the middle of the target, but it’s deflected away thanks to a brilliant intervention by one of the defenders.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) prepares to take a corner kick.
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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) gets his head on the corner, but he sees his header blocked. The ball is out of bounds. Arsenal win a corner kick.
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There’s an opportunity for Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) to deliver the ball into the box from a corner.
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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) delivers a low pass into the box which is intercepted. The ball is out of bounds. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Arsenal.
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The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Graziano Pelle (Southampton) comes onto the pitch so that Dusan Tadic (Southampton) can be given a rest.
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Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) rises high to meet a perfect cross, but luckily for the goalkeeper, he only steers his header just over the crossbar.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) quickly takes the corner kick with a short pass.
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Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) escaped his marker to connect with a cross and heads towards the right side of the goal, but the keeper pulls off an excellent save to deny him. Arsenal forced their opponent to concede a corner.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.
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Theo Walcott (Arsenal) collects a rebound and produces a promising attempt. The ball goes to the right side of the goal, but Fraser Forster (Southampton) keeps it out with an amazing save. Now Arsenal with a corner.
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Theo Walcott (Arsenal) with a wonderful touch after collecting a pass inside the box. He steers his low drive towards the right post, but the keeper dives low to keep the ball out.
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Here you can see the current statistics of the ball possession from both teams – 67:33.
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Fraser Forster (Southampton) makes a superb save to deny a header which was nodded low towards the middle of the goal by Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) after a cross from the side.
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The Southampton players are exchanging some short passes.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) sends in the corner, but he fails to find the head of any of his teamamtes, and the the defence makes a clearance.
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It’s time to substitute. Joel Campbell (Arsenal) can’t go any further and leaves the pitch. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) is taking his place.
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Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) comes up with a dangerous chip pass into the box and attempts to set up an ideal shooting position for his teammates, but the effort is intercepted by one of the defenders. The assistant referee makes a right call and Arsenal will have a corner.
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Lee Mason pulls out a yellow card to show it to Cedric Soares (Southampton) for a tough tackle.
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Sadio Mane (Southampton) collects a pass inside the box, and he unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender.
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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack.
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The assistant referee’s flag is up because Shane Long (Southampton) didn’t find the way to beat the offside trap.
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Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) sends a cross into the box, but Petr Cech (Arsenal) comes off his line to gather the ball.
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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins himself just enough space inside the box to connect with the corner, but his low header is aimed into the middle of the goal and the goalkeeper blocks the effort.
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Corner kick. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) is ready to send the ball in.
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Wow, what an escape. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) has an effort from inside the box but it’s brilliantly blocked. Good work from Arsenal as they win a corner.
56′
Cedric Soares (Southampton) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence.
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Sadio Mane (Southampton) jinks his way through multiple challenges and fires a low shot from the edge of the box to the middle of the goal, but Petr Cech (Arsenal) is equal to it.
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Joel Campbell (Arsenal) strikes from the edge of the box, but hits it really poorly and sends the ball way wide of the left post.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) sends a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates.
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Victor Wanyama (Southampton) sends a long ball in, but Petr Cech comfortably gathers the ball.
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Oriol Romeu (Southampton) probably handled the ball.
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Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Fraser Forster (Southampton), who smothers the ball.
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The resulting corner from Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
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Fraser Forster (Southampton) hears fans clapping for his superb goalkeeping. He stops the effort from Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) from the edge of the box with a magnificent save. The ball would have probably ended inside the top right corner. Arsenal get a corner.
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Lee Mason blows the whistle. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle. Arsenal decided to take a short pass from the free kick and the attacking effort can continue.
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An unsuccessful cross into the box by Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
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The whistle blows and Lee Mason starts the second half.
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The fans must be pleased with the show they have been seeing on the pitch until now. It’s the opposite of boredom, very attractive football. Let’s hope the players won’t lose their passion and determination during the half-time break. It has been a tight contest so far. The home players have more confidence to string together more passes and to keep the ball on their feet. The visiting side rely on their defence and counter-attacks.
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The first half of today’s match has just finished.
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There will be a minimum of 1 min. of added time.
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Joel Campbell (Arsenal) attempts to whip a quick pass into the box, but Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) was not able to dribble past the opponent’s defence and loses the ball.
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Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) and Joel Campbell (Arsenal) show their ability as they combine brilliantly and are proving to be a permanent threat to their opponents.
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The defence clears the ball to safety after a dangerous cross from the corner, taken by Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal).
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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) plants a nice towering header goalwards, but one of the defenders is in the right place at the right time and makes a vital clearance. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Arsenal will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
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Sadio Mane (Southampton) receives a well-taken pass inside the penalty area and shoots. His effort sails far wide of the right post.
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Southampton take a short corner instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.
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Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked. Southampton have a corner.
39′
Cedric Soares (Southampton) fizzes over a cross which can’t cause any danger.
38′
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) was clearly holding an opposition player, and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
37′
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
37′
An offensive foul by Shane Long (Southampton) was seen by Lee Mason who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
35′
Arsenal control the tempo of the game as they are exchanging some accurate short passes.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) attempted to create a dangerous situation in front of the goal by putting a cross into the box, but the outcome differed from his intention, and no danger occurred. It’s a throw-in for Southampton.
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Oriol Romeu (Southampton) knew what to do with the ball, but was just a bit unlucky. After receiving a pass, he sent the ball goalwards from some 24 metres out, but it flied just over the bar.
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Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) with a teasing cross into the area, but Fraser Forster (Southampton) intercepts the ball.
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Dusan Tadic (Southampton) gets on the end of a pass on the edge of the penalty area and finishes to the middle of the goal. He didn’t put enough power into the effort, and Petr Cech (Arsenal) pulls off an easy save.
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Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) attempts to slip the ball through the defence, but is unable to find any of his teammates.
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Arsenal are bossing possession at the moment by exchanging some precise passes from player to player.
27′
Shane Long (Southampton) found some space to dink a cross from the side into the box, but it would have to be more precise to threaten the opponent.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
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Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) releases Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), who latched on to his perfect through pass. He can continue with an attacking effort of his team.
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The game is interrupted. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) has violated the rules in the battle for the ball. No protests or gestures are being made as he is quite aware of what he did.
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Lee Mason blows his whistle. Who will be penalised? Now it is clear. Shane Long (Southampton) is said to have used an excessive force while attacking.
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Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. The ball goes out-of-play and Southampton will have a goal kick.
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Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps into the air and clears the ball away with a header.
21′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) collects a great pass inside the box and misses a golden opportunity. His shot was directed into the middle of the goal, but the goalkeeper does well to stop his effort. The ball goes out for a corner. Arsenal can continue in their attacking effort.
21′
Arsenal seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. Great movement by offensive players allows those more defensive to build up the attack.
20′
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) whips a long ball in from the free kick which is intercepted by Petr Cech (Arsenal).
19′
Joel Campbell (Arsenal) gives away foul for his fierce tackle against the opponent. A free kick is given to Southampton.
19′
Lee Mason blows his whistle and it is Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
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Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) aims a cross from the side into the penalty area in order to find one of his teammates, but he fails, and the situation doesn’t bear fruit.
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Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) sprays a pass out to Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), but he can’t beat his man inside the box.
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Dusan Tadic (Southampton) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger.
16′
Nice piece of skill by Shane Long (Southampton) and Dusan Tadic (Southampton) as they combine well. They quickly exchanged one-two pass and tricked an opponent player who was pressing them.
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Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
14′
Sadio Mane (Southampton) fails to pick a body out in the box with a over-hit chip pass. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Arsenal.
14′
Arsenal are showcasing great team work as they are exchanging one-two passes, but one inaccuracy caused the loss of possession.
12′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) wastes a huge opportunity! He receives a precise cross inside the penalty area and produces a low shot that sails to the middle of a goal. His effort, however, lacks power and the goalkeeper makes a comfortable save.
10′
Sadio Mane (Southampton) was offside, and the assistant referee saw it and raised his flag.
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James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) takes the corner kick, but Petr Cech (Arsenal) reads it well and stops the effort.
10′
Attempted cross from Sadio Mane (Southampton) is cleared. The ball goes out-of-play. Southampton are awarded a corner kick.
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Victor Wanyama (Southampton) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
8′
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) tackles a bit over-zealously. Lee Mason blows for a foul. A free kick for Southampton. They most likely won’t attempt to directly endanger the goal with this one. Southampton quickly take the free kick with a short pass.
7′
Oriol Romeu (Southampton) put a cross into the box which wasn’t a bad decision, but he failed to achieve what he wanted as none of his teammates managed to meet it.
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Joel Campbell (Arsenal) sends a promising through ball, but the defence is alert and cuts out the pass.
5′
The Arsenal players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
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Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) swings in the corner, but the goalkeeper does a brilliant job to intercept the effort.
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Petr Cech (Arsenal) reacts well to deny a long-range free kick from James Ward-Prowse (Southampton). The effort goes to the right side of the goal and the goalkeeper is there to stop it. Southampton force a corner. They send men into the box.
3′
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) makes a foul. At least that’s what referee Lee Mason signals. Free kick. Southampton will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
2′
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) attempts to find his teammate with a short pass into the box. Sadio Mane (Southampton) collects the ball, but his attack is thwarted by the defence. The main referee and his assistant both signal a throw-in for Southampton.
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The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
The players are out at last! Southampton will take the kick-off.
Lee Mason will accompany the players on the pitch as the main referee today.
 
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