Southampton 2-0 Arsenal (01.01.2015) Live Commentary

We have seen a great game today, let’s hope the players will be able to maintain these high levels of play in order to keep fans entertained in future games. We couldn’t see either of the teams enjoying any significant control of the game. The home team’s main priority was a flawless defence. The tactic of the away side was slow build-up play.
Craig Pawson is looking at his watch and ends this match right now.
Shane Long (Southampton) is adjudged offside.
Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
4 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) 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.
Ronald Koeman decides to make a substitution. Dusan Tadic is going off the pitch and Shane Long (Southampton) is coming on.
Today’s match ends for Mathieu Debuchy who will be replaced by Chuba Akpom (Arsenal).
Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) attempts to send a pass but the effort is blocked.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) steps up to take the corner. He launches the ball into the penalty area, but it only finds the head of an opposing player who averts the danger.
Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Arsenal will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Arsenal are showcasing great team work and neat passing move.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) takes the corner but only sends it into the huddle of the defenders as one of them makes a good clearance.
Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) sends a sweet pass into the penalty area, but one of the defenders averts the danger. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Arsenal are going to take it.
A yellow card for a tackle by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal). Craig Pawson doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.
13:11 – this is the total number of shots produced by both teams.
Substitution. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) replaces Florin Gardos.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) rises high to head a nice lofted cross towards the underside of the crossbar. Unfortunately for him, his close-range effort lacks pace and is denied by Wojciech Szczesny who makes a comfortable save.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) attempts to threaten the goalkeeper from the free kick on the edge of the box. He produces a stunning blast which only flies inches over the crossbar. It could have been a beautiful goal!
Arsenal have a free kick from a promising distance.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Craig Pawson to the guilty Florin Gardos (Southampton).
Graziano Pelle (Southampton) bursts into the box and pulls the trigger, but he can’t beat the goalkeeper. He directed his shot towards the middle of the goal, but one of the defenders reacts brilliantly to block that shot.
The attendance for today’s match is 31492.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) misses a rebound from the penalty spot. The ball flies just a few inches over the bar.
Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wasted a clear opportunity. He fired a first-time shot from point-blank range, but it rattled the left post!
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Calum Chambers.
The linesman’s flag has already been raised for offside when Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) headed on.
What a chance that is! Dusan Tadic (Southampton) finds himself unmarked in a promising position after receiving a cross on the edge of the box and his attempt sails by a whisker wide of the left post.
Goal! Dusan Tadic (Southampton) got the ball off a rebound inside the box and fired home, into the left side of the net.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) latches on to a precise pass and one-on-one with the keeper slams the ball towards the right-hand post. Fraser Forster is alert, though, and leaps like a salmon to deny his attempt.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) overhits a cross from the corner, and none of his teammates can get his head on it.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) floats the ball in from the corner which is intercepted. Arsenal get a chance to score from a corner kick.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear. Arsenal have a corner.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Wojciech Szczesny, who smothers the ball.
Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) trips an opposition player, and Craig Pawson signals a foul.
Santi Cazorla (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.
Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players. Corner kick. Arsenal will have an opportunity.
Harrison Reed (Southampton) makes a rough challenge and Craig Pawson blows his whistle for a foul.
Jose Fonte (Southampton) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat.
Everything is ready for the beginning of the second half, so the match is about to get going again.
The fans on the stadium don’t have to regret buying the tickets as they have witnessed a great game so far, and nothing suggests it’s going to change in the second half. We can’t see either of the teams enjoying any significant control of the game. The home players present themselves with long passes and crosses into the box. The tactic of the away side, on the other hand, is slow build-up play.
The first half of today’s match has just finished.
A pass into the penalty area from Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) is intercepted by the defence.
Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player.
3 additional min. will be played.
Ronald Koeman is forced to make a change. Sadio Mane is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Harrison Reed (Southampton).
Looks like Sadio Mane (Southampton) is struggling after picking up a knock. We will see if he can run that off.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) gets on the end of a pass and produces a promising first-time shot at goal. His effort is blocked by Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) with a brilliant diving save!
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) quickly takes the corner kick with a short pass.
Steven Davis (Southampton) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger. Southampton get a corner.
Attempted cross from Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) is cleared.
Sadio Mane (Southampton) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
Looks like Sadio Mane (Southampton) is struggling after picking up a knock. We will see if he can run that off.
What a beauty from just outside the box! Sadio Mane (Southampton) lashed the ball with incredible pace and power inside the net.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) nearly creates a chance, but his attempt to pick out a teammate with a through ball does not come off.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) with a rough challenge, Craig Pawson blows his whistle for a foul.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) misses a great opportunity from inside the penalty area after blasting the ball towards goal and it goes wide of the left post.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) sends a cross into the box that is cleared.
Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) and Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) make a quick tiki-taka to get past two defenders and they go on with the team work along the side line.
Craig Pawson shows the yellow card to Victor Wanyama (Southampton) for a heavy challenge.
A crossfield pass from Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) failed to find any of his teammates.
Fraser Forster gets a well deserved ovation! Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) produces a decent first-time strike towards the middle of the goal, but the goalkeeper is positioned well to block it. Nice piece of goalkeeping skills.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) takes the corner with a short pass.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked. Southampton force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) with the corner, but it is intercepted by the defender.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety. Arsenal win a corner.
Jose Fonte (Southampton) finds Florin Gardoş (Southampton) with a nice pass so he can go on towards the goal.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) passes the ball into the box but an opposing player clears.
Graziano Pelle (Southampton) had a golden opportunity as he fired from point blank range. His volley was directed low towards the middle of the net, but Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) was alert and made an amazing save!
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) produces a ferocious strike from the edge of the box. His dangerous effort, directed towards the left post, is blocked by Fraser Forster (Southampton) who pulls off a superb save to keep the ball out of the net.
Graziano Pellè (Southampton) latches on to a cross to head the ball home, but it crashes against the left post! Unlucky.
Some neat passing and movement from Arsenal as they are producing short passes in order to create a new attacking opportunity.
This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Santi Cazorla (Arsenal).
Mathieu Debuchy (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. Now Arsenal with a corner.
Dangerous play by Steven Davis (Southampton). Craig Pawson blows his whistle for a foul.
The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
The players are out at last! Arsenal will take the kick-off.
Craig Pawson is the one to supervise the game today.
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