Southampton 4-0 Arsenal (26.12.2015) Live Commentary

This is how football ought to look like. Full of action, thrilling moments and spectacular opportunities. The expectations for the next games will be high. Neither of the teams had any obvious superiority in this game. The home side was creating their opportunities using lightning-fast counter-attacks. The tactic of the away side was slow build-up play.
There will be no more action in this match because the referee has signalled that it has finished.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition’s defence.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked. Good work from Southampton as they win a corner.
It’s in the back of the net! Dusan Tadic picks out Shane Long (Southampton) with a sweet pass, who latches on to it deep inside the box and leaves the goalkeeper beaten. 4:0.
Fourth official shows 4 min. of added time.
Shane Long (Southampton) got a precise low pass and immediately unleashed a shot on goal. Unfortunately, he only finds the left post.
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Shane Long (Southampton) is the one who was caught offside.
The attendance for today’s match is 31669.
It’s time for a substitution. Juanmi (Southampton) comes on in place of Sadio Mane.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) collects a great pass inside the box and misses a golden opportunity. His low shot was directed into the middle of the goal, but the goalkeeper does well to stop his effort.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) whips a long ball in from the free kick which is intercepted by Maarten Stekelenburg (Southampton).
Arsene Wenger has decided to substitute Theo Walcott and he is replaced by Alex Iwobi (Arsenal).
A cross which was clipped into the penalty area by Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) didn’t pose any threat, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see an interesting situation.
The free kick is taken by Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), but the delivery is cleared.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) produces a ferocious strike from the edge of the box. His dangerous effort, directed towards the left post, is blocked by Petr Cech (Arsenal) who pulls off a superb save to keep the ball out of the net.
Substitution. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) replaces Mathieu Flamini.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player. Southampton get a chance to score from a corner kick.
Substitution. James Ward-Prowse is making his way off the pitch with Dusan Tadic (Southampton) coming on as his replacement.
Jose Fonte (Southampton) meets the corner and displays his eye for goal as he coolly plants a header into the roof of the net from close range. The score is 3:0.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) will deliver the corner kick.
Shane Long (Southampton) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. Southampton earn a corner.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Oriol Romeu (Southampton) is coming onto the pitch as Jordy Clasie cannot continue after picking up an injury.
Jordy Clasie (Southampton) requires medical treatment, so the referee stops play and signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
Shane Long (Southampton) is offside and the linesman raises his flag.
The game has come to an end for Joel Campbell. He has contributed as much as he could today. He will be replaced by the fresh legs of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).
Rough tackle by Theo Walcott (Arsenal). The referee blows his whistle for a foul.
Jonathan Moss blows the whistle, Joel Campbell (Arsenal) is penalised for a foul.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) gets a shot from distance but fails to generate enough power to beat the goalkeeper.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) fizzes over a cross which doesn’t cause any danger.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away.
Goal! Shane Long (Southampton) scores after an assist by Sadio Mane that allowed him to tap in the ball into an empty net. The score is 2:0.
A lofted cross from James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area.
Petr Cech (Arsenal) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
Petr Cech (Arsenal) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
A goal, which was scored by Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton), was disallowed due to offside.
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge, and Jonathan Moss is left with no other option than to blow for a foul.
Sadio Mane (Southampton) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. It’s a throw-in for Arsenal.
The half-time break is over and the second half is about to start.
We have seen a few chances and nice movements, but the overall impression of the game is rather common and not hugely entertaining. They both struggle for the dominance over the game. The home players attempt to beat the opposition’s defence using mostly counter-attacks. The away team tries to prevail using combination football.
That is it for the first half after the referee blows his whistle and the players head to their dressing rooms.
1 additional min. will be played.
The ball is cleared after Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
Cuco Martina (Southampton) sends over a cross, but he can’t find any teammate inside the box. Poor delivery.
Shane Long (Southampton) misses an absolute sitter after connecting with a cross inside the penalty box.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) sends a cross into the box that is cleared.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) connects with the corner kick around the penalty spot, but he steers his header just wide of the left post.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) goes over to take a corner kick after one of the defenders makes a good clearance.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) sends a superb lead pass into the penalty area and finds Aaron Ramsey, who fails to shoot. Arsenal will take a corner kick.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) zig-zags his way into the box and drills a low shot towards the middle of the goal, but the goalkeeper shows a great reaction and stops the effort.
The corner, delivered by Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), is intercepted by Maarten Stekelenburg (Southampton).
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Hector Bellerin (Arsenal). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety. The ball goes out-of-play. Arsenal have been awarded a corner kick.
Is that a yellow card in the referee’s hand? It is! Shane Long (Southampton) gets booked.
A cross into the penalty area from Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) would have to be more accurate in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity for his team.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
Shane Long (Southampton) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
The game is interrupted now, Shane Long (Southampton) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) latched on to a good low pass and attempted to surprise the goalkeeper with a snap shot, but the ball slides on his foot and the strike flies well over the bar.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) perfectly skips past challenges and misdirects his shot from the edge of the box. The ball flies a few yards wide of the left post.
Joel Campbell (Arsenal) breaks past challenges, but puts too much pace on his pass to Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) makes a rough challenge, and the referee blows for a foul.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) produced a chipped pass over the line of the defenders to get the ball to Joel Campbell. His attempt is intercepted and cleared.
Shane Long (Southampton) produces a killer pass onto Cuco Martina (Southampton), who loses the ball to one of the defenders.
What a beautiful moment! Cuco Martina (Southampton) got to the ball and unleashed a strong shot from distance. It was the best thing to do as his effort found its way inside the left post. Petr Cech just shakes his head in disbelief. The score changes to 1:0.
Maarten Stekelenburg hears fans clapping for his superb goalkeeping. He stops the close-range effort from Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) with a magnificent save. The ball would have probably ended inside the middle of the net.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
The ball is whipped in from the corner by Theo Walcott (Arsenal), but one of the defenders gets it clear.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) sends a beautiful cross into the penalty area. The opposition’s defence manages to clear the ball to safety. The assistant referee makes a right call and Arsenal will have a corner.
Sadio Mane (Southampton) goes on a mazy run and tries his luck with a mid-range strike, but one of the defending players steps in and makes a block.
Some patient build-up play from Southampton as they look to unlock the defence.
Sadio Mane (Southampton) attempts to find some of his teammates with a dangerous pass from the edge of the box. The opponent’s defence intercepts the effort and clears the ball to safety.
Shane Long (Southampton) is adjudged offside.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) strikes the ball harmlessly from a long-range free kick. It goes high over the bar. It’s not easy to score from distance like that.
Jordy Clasie (Southampton) jumps into tackle, but Jonathan Moss blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick for Arsenal. They most likely won’t attempt to directly endanger the goal with this one.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) jumps for a header from the corner kick, but fails to steer the ball into the goal as it flies high over the bar.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) will try to put the ball on the head of one of his teammates from a corner kick.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. The ball goes out-of-play. Arsenal are awarded a corner kick.
The first half has started.
The players are out and the match is about to start. Arsenal will have the kick-off.
The referee of today’s match will be Jonathan Moss.
You can have a look at the starting XIs of both teams in the details of this match.
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