Southampton 2-2 Arsenal (28.01.2014) Live Commentary

That is the end of the match.
Is that a yellow card in the referee’s hand? It is! Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) gets booked.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is yellow-carded.
Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) is picked out by Adam Lallana (Southampton), but one of the defenders came with a clearance.
A cross into the penalty area from Luke Shaw (Southampton) would have to be more accurate in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity for his team.
Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) unleashes a bullet of a shot that is blocked by a defender.
Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) is coming onto the pitch as Olivier Giroud cannot continue after picking up an injury.
The referee signals a substitution. Guly (Southampton) is brought on as a substitute for Steven Davis.
Jose Fonte (Southampton) jumps for a header from the resulting corner kick and sends the ball on goal, but the goalkeeper makes a very good save.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) will take the corner.
Luke Shaw (Southampton) picks up the ball, dribbles to the edge of the penalty area and unleashes a brilliant shot to the underside of the crossbar, but is thwarted by a great save from Wojciech Szczesny. The ball goes out for a corner. Southampton can continue in their attacking effort.
That’s the end of the game for Santi Cazorla, who is replaced by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).
Calum Chambers (Southampton) didn’t hesitate to clip a neat cross into the box from near the side line. It didn’t find its way to any of his teammates.
The game is interrupted now, Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) is shown a red card by the referee for chasing his opponent and bringing him down with a very nasty tackle!
Jack Cork (Southampton) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) takes the free kick but it is cleared by the first man.
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) gives away a free kick for tripping his opponent. Even though he is protesting that first he hit the ball, the referee is sure about his call. Arsenal have a free kick from a promising distance.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) receives a brilliant pass and wastes a big opportunity as his shot from inside the penalty area flies narrowly wide of the left post. It will be a goal kick.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
Here’s the change. Serge Gnabry left the pitch, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) came on as a substitute.
Substitution. Sam Gallagher will be replaced by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) covers his face with his hands after wasting a promising chance. He takes the rebound on the edge of the box but blazes the ball high over the crossbar.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) will deliver the corner kick.
Luke Shaw (Southampton) requires medical treatment, so the referee stops play and signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
The game is interrupted. Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) 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.
OFF THE POST! Good play from Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) as skips past two defending players and from the edge of the box unleashes a decent strike that smashes against the crossbar!
The ball is whipped in from the corner by Steven Davis (Southampton), but one of the defenders gets it clear.
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) gets to the ball from the resulting corner and tries his luck with a shot, but one of the defenders steps in to block the effort. Southampton force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
Steven Davis (Southampton) will deliver the ball into the penalty box from a corner kick.
Luke Shaw (Southampton) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance. The ball is out of play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Southampton will take it.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) whips in the corner, but one of the defending players gets ahead of it and intercepts.
Bakary Sagna (Arsenal) aims a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance. Arsenal will take a corner kick.
Goal! Jay Rodriguez displays great vision and sends a pass to Adam Lallana (Southampton), who shows brilliant composure inside the box to bury the ball into the back of the net. The score is 2:2.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) takes a great first touch to control a killer pass on the edge of the box and drills a shot into the bottom left corner in trademark fashion.
Bakary Sagna (Arsenal) wins himself just enough space to meet the resulting corner and shoots to the top right corner, however, the goalkeeper makes a brilliant save and gets the ball under control.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) goes over to take the corner kick and it looks like he will swing the ball into the penalty box.
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) reacted quickly inside the box and got on the end of the resulting corner. He smashed the ball directed into the middle, but the goalkeeper pulls off a great reflex save.
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Lee Mason blows a whistle for a foul.
It’s in the back of the net! Superb finishing from Olivier Giroud (Arsenal). Bacary Sagna sends a fantastic through ball and finds Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), who reacts quickly to get in front of the goalkpeeper and to fire a close-range shot into the bottom left corner. 1:1.
The yellow card is received by Jay Rodriguez (Southampton).
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is booked.
The players are back out on the pitch following the half-time break and the second half is about to start.
There will be nothing more to see in the first half. The whistle blowing of Lee Mason has ended it.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) looks like he will be the one to take the corner kick.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.
Jose Fonte (Southampton) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. , blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won’t tolerate such behaviour. A free kick has been awarded to Arsenal.
Sam Gallagher (Southampton) has a shot blocked from inside the box.
Luke Shaw (Southampton) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
13:7 – this is the total number of shots produced by both teams.
Referee Lee Mason sees tripping by Adam Lallana (Southampton) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
Sam Gallagher (Southampton) is furious with himself as he misses a golden opportunity from inside the six-yard box. He sends a rebounded ball a few inches wide of the left post.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
Adam Lallana (Southampton) is asking for medical treatment, but he will have to leave the pitch in order to receive help from the physio.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) goes into the book for a horrible tackle. A yellow card is necessary in this case.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
Luke Shaw (Southampton) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the opposition’s defenders makes a quick reaction and spanks it away.
Steven Davis (Southampton) commits a foul after making a slide tackle on his opponent, but he escapes without punishment from the referee.
Flag up against Sam Gallagher (Southampton). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
Steven Davis (Southampton) takes the corner kick and sends a lovely ball into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and knocks the ball to safety.
Adam Lallana (Southampton) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being blocked by one of the defenders. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Southampton are going to take it.
Luke Shaw sends a superb cross into the box, Jose Fonte (Southampton) latches on to it and from close range he plants a header that goes into the bottom right corner, leaving Wojciech Szczesny beaten. He displays his eye for goal, an excellent finish. The score is 1:0.
Lee Mason blows the whistle, Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) is penalised for a foul.
The ball is behind the sideline. Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) takes a throw-in.
Luke Shaw (Southampton) tackles a bit over-zealously. Lee Mason blows for a foul.
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) with a long ball to Sam Gallagher (Southampton), but the defence is well organised and manages to get it clear.
Steven Davis (Southampton) is penalised. He knocks an opponent down.
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) blasts the ball high over the crossbar.
Steven Davis (Southampton) whips in a cross from the corner, but Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) is well prepared and punches the ball away.
Adam Lallana (Southampton) sends a precise pass into the box, but Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) loses the one-on-one with the defender. Now Southampton with a corner.
A player from Southampton takes his opponent down, the referee blows the whistle for a foul.
Sam Gallagher (Southampton) is in a great chance inside the six-yard box, shoots to the middle of the goal, but Wojciech Szczesny pulls off an exquisite save to deny him.
Sam Gallagher (Southampton) receives a lofted pass from the side and shoots from around the penalty spot, but the ball flies slightly wide, almost brushing the left-hand post.
Adam Lallana (Southampton) gets himself onto the end of the corner, but his header is thwarted.
The referee blows his whistle, Southampton are awarded a corner kick.
The resulting corner from Steven Davis (Southampton) is cleared by the defence.
Calum Chambers (Southampton) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away. The ball is out of play. Southampton have been awarded a corner kick.
Maya Yoshida (Southampton) smashes the ball upfield and Luke Shaw controls it with a great first touch.
Southampton are showing great team-chemistry. They are passing the ball around seamlessly.
A pass into the penalty area from Luke Shaw (Southampton) is intercepted by the defence.
The first half has just begun.
The referee of today’s match will be Lee Mason.
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