Arsenal 1-0 Southampton (03.12.2014) Live Commentary

We have seen a few chances and nice movements, but the overall impression of the game is uninspired and not hugely entertaining. The host team were better throughout the game. The home team tried to prevail using combination football, while the away players attempted to win the ball back as quickly as possible every time they lost possession.
That’s all for today because the game is over.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) steps up to take a free kick and sends it in, but the opposition’s defence is alert and clears the ball to safety.
Sadio Mane (Southampton) didn’t hesitate to knock his opponent down with a harsh sliding tackle. Andre Marriner could probably show him a yellow, but he only goes with blowing the whistle for a foul. Arsenal have a free kick.
The corner from Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) is intercepted by the defence.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) attempts to whip a quick pass into the box, but Alexis Sanchez was not able to dribble past the opponent’s defence and loses the ball. It will be a corner kick for Arsenal.
Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) receives a brilliant pass and wastes a big opportunity as his shot from inside the penalty area flies narrowly wide of the right post. The ball goes out-of-play and Southampton will have a goal kick.
Nothing comes of the resulting corner from Santi Cazorla (Arsenal). The defence is alert and manages to cut it out.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) receives a great pass inside the box and misses a golden chance. The goalkeeper pulls off a stunning save. Arsenal force a corner. They send men into the box.
3 additional min. will be played.
Aaron Ramsey provides Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) with a nice pass inside the box. It allows him to finish with a low shot into the middle of the goal.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) rises above the opponent’s defence to head a precise cross towards the goal. His effort, directed to the left post, is blocked by Fraser Forster (Southampton) who pulls off a stunning save!
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) thinks that he is fouled by his opponent, but the referee deems him to be the one who commits a foul and awards a free kick to the other team.
Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) takes the ball on and fires a shot from 12 metres out. Fraser Forster stops the effort which is headed for the bottom left corner.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) attempts to slip the ball through the defence, but is unable to find any of his teammates.
Arsene Wenger prepares a substitution. Danny Welbeck is replaced by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).
Substitution. Shane Long is making his way off the pitch with Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton) coming on as his replacement.
Calum Chambers (Arsenal) probably handled the ball inside the penalty area.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) is first to the rebound and sends a header goalwards but it’s blocked. Wow, what an escape there for the opposition.
Calum Chambers (Arsenal) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away.
Sadio Mane (Southampton) collects a pass and strikes from about 17 metres out. It’s a poor attempt which flies well over the bar.
A yellow card for a tackle by Victor Wanyama (Southampton). Andre Marriner doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) makes an unfair challenge by holding his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball.
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) sends over a cross, but he can’t find any teammate inside the box. Poor delivery.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) sees an unmarked teammate and attempts to send a low pass onto him. However, one of the defenders reads the game perfectly and averts the danger.
Andre Marriner calls for a foul. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) is adjudged to have been offside when making his run.
The resulting corner from Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) was in a good shooting position inside the six-yard box and produced a first-time shot, attempting to put it inside the left post, but the goalkeeper made an astonishing save to thwart his effort. Arsenal get a corner.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) darts into the penalty area to latch on to a pass, and he unleashes a shot towards the middle of the net, but Fraser Forster (Southampton) is alert and denies his effort.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) serves in a nice cross, but Damian Martinez punches the ball away.
Maya Yoshida (Southampton) acted too fiercely in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Andre Marriner calls for a foul.
Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) sprays a pass out to Sadio Mane, but he can’t beat his man to get to the ball.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) attempts to set up his teammate into a scoring opportunity with a fine chip pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders intercepts his effort.
Arsene Wenger decides to make a substitution. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is going off the pitch and Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is coming on.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) takes a rebound on the edge of the box and slams the ball well wide of the right post.
Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
The substitution has been made. Sadio Mane (Southampton) has replaced Dusan Tadic.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) wastes a big opportunity! He controls the ball after a nice low pass and shoots the ball towards the goal from a promising distance. His poor effort goes into the stands. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Southampton.
Some neat passing and movement from Arsenal as they are producing short passes in order to create a new attacking opportunity.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) swings in a dangerous cross from the resulting corner kick, but none of his teammates managed to outjump the defence.
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) and Danny Welbeck attempted to exchange little two-yard passes, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball. Arsenal will take a corner kick.
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.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) commits a foul after making a slide tackle on his opponent, but he escapes without punishment from the referee. Southampton win a free kick and they are able to continue with another attacking move.
Shane Long (Southampton) almost found himself in a promising position after Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) tried to send a defence-splitting pass, but one of the defenders reacts well and makes a timely interception.
Calum Chambers (Arsenal) sends a cross into the box, but Fraser Forster comes off his line to gather the ball.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Damian Martinez, who smothers the ball.
Like an avalanche. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) is penalised for his attacking foul. Andre Marriner has a clear vision and blows the whistle.
Excellent touch by Shane Long (Southampton)! He latches on to a precious pass on the edge of the box but produces a miskick that goes high above the bar. Poor effort.
Graziano Pelle (Southampton) connects with a precise cross inside the goalmouth and finishes. One of the defending players reacts in time and clears the ball to safety.
The ball is out-of-play and Southampton manage to earn a corner.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) produces a poor pass. He attempts to get the ball into the box but it’s hacked away. The ball goes out for a corner. Southampton can continue in their attacking effort.
Flag goes up against Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
A precise low pass is received by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), who makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and sends a poorly placed shot that sails well over the bar. The ball goes out-of-play and Southampton will have a goal kick.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) sends a quick through ball into space for his teammate, who is lurking on the offside border, but one of the defenders intercepts and clears the danger.
The whistle blows and Andre Marriner starts the second half.
We can hope that the managers will be able to motivate the players and stir them to improve their performance for after the half-time break. We haven’t seen really exciting football in the previous 45 minutes. The hosts were superior in their performance through the first half. They were more active and precise. The tactic of the home side is slow build-up play. The away side gives the opposition a hard time by approaching them quickly and aggressively.
The end of the first half.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among the huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety.
Fraser Forster makes a sensational save as he stops a header Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) produced from inside the penalty area. He latched on to a precise lofted pass, but failed to beat the goalkeeper with his attempt under the bar. Corner kick. Arsenal will have an opportunity.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) was too harsh with his tackle which made Andre Marriner interrupt the game and signal for a set piece. A free kick has been awarded to Arsenal.
There will be a minimum of 2 min. of added time.
Graziano Pelle (Southampton) takes the ball on and fires a shot from 20 metres out. Damian Martinez stops the effort which is headed to the right post.
Andre Marriner shows a yellow card to Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) for a tough tackle.
Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) manages to dispossess his opponent of the ball, but he commits a foul in the process and the referee blows the whistle.
Calum Chambers (Arsenal) with a teasing cross into the area, but Fraser Forster intercepts the ball.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) sends a through ball towards Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), who could have found himself in a promising position, but one of the defending players was alert to the danger and made a timely interception.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Damian Martinez comes off the line to clear the ball away.
Graziano Pelle (Southampton) creates himself some space and attempts to put it into the box. However, the defender gets an important foot in to clear.
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) swings in the corner, but the goalkeeper does a brilliant job to intercept the effort.
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) sends a cross into the box that is cleared. Now Southampton with a corner.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) whips a long ball in from the free kick which is intercepted by Fraser Forster (Southampton).
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) jumps into tackle, but Andre Marriner blows his whistle for a foul.
The resulting corner from Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) is unsuccessful.
Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) attempts to find one of his teammates with a sweet pass into the box, but one of the defending players reacts well and intercepts the effort. The ball is out-of-play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Arsenal will take it.
The linesman’s flag has already been raised for offside when Graziano Pelle (Southampton) headed on.
Steven Davis (Southampton) nearly creates a chance, but his attempt to pick out a teammate with a through ball does not come off.
Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) is furious with himself as he misses a clear opportunity. He sends a rebounded ball a few inches wide of the right post.
Calum Chambers (Arsenal) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
Dangerous play by Calum Chambers (Arsenal). Andre Marriner blows his whistle for a foul.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates. The ball is easily cleared out of danger.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) 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. The ball goes behind for a corner. Arsenal will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Arsenal seeing far more of the ball now.
Shane Long (Southampton) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down.
Jack Cork is substituted due to injury. Ronald Koeman gives a chance to Maya Yoshida (Southampton).
Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
Fraser Forster makes a sensational save to thwart a huge chance. A rebound gets to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) inside the box and he drills a strike goalwards, but the ball ends in the keeper’s gloves instead of the middle of the target.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) plays the ball to Danny Welbeck with a cheeky pass and their attacking move continues.
A cross from the side of the pitch flies into the box, but it doesn’t reach its intended target. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) would have to aim better in order to get more out of it.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) makes a rough challenge and Andre Marriner blows his whistle for a foul.
Steven Davis (Southampton) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps into the air and clears the ball away with a header.
Steven Davis (Southampton) floats the ball in from the corner which is intercepted. The ball goes out-of-play. Southampton are awarded a corner kick.
Half-chance! Dusan Tadic (Southampton) plays a pass into the box, but Damian Martinez reacts well to thwart the attack. Southampton get a chance to score from a corner kick.
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety. Arsenal win a corner.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) fizzes over a cross which doesn’t cause any danger.
Andre Marriner blows the whistle for a foul. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) hacks down one of his opponents.
The corner from Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) is hurriedly cleared.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger. The ball is out-of-play. Arsenal have been awarded a corner kick.
Graziano Pelle (Southampton) makes a good run with the ball into the box, but he mishits his shot as it goes high over the bar.
Graziano Pelle makes a nice run and receives a pin-point long through ball from Jose Fonte (Southampton). It would probably have put him one-on-one with the keeper, but one of the defenders came with a vital clearance.
Jack Cork (Southampton) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
Shane Long is able to continue with an attacking effort as he latches on to a beautiful defence-splitting lofted pass, which was sent by Toby Alderweireld (Southampton).
Steven Davis (Southampton) and Shane Long combine well with a quick one-two pass to trick their opponent.
Steven Davis (Southampton) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) makes a yard for himself inside the box after an accurate pass and takes a shot that goes just wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Southampton.
Calum Chambers (Arsenal) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player.
Some great controlled play and passing from Southampton. They are increasing the possession of the ball and waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) sent a pass onto Victor Wanyama (Southampton), who didn’t get a chance to finish.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
Andre Marriner couldn’t ignore the harsh tackle of Graziano Pelle (Southampton) and blew the whistle.
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The players are out and the match is about to start. Arsenal will have the kick-off.
Andre Marriner was nominated as a referee for this game.
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