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Arsenal vs Southampton, Premier League

28 February 2019

Arsenal: Leno (7), Lichtsteiner (6), Sokratis (7), Mustafi (6), Kolasinac (7), Ramsey (6), Torreira (7), Xhaka (7), Mkhitaryan (8), Lacazette (7), Iwobi (8).

"We have players who can come in, and we can be a better competitive team playing a lot of matches with players with different characteristics, but who have the character to play with the level we want". They should have taken the lead inside five minutes when Nathan Redmond beat the offside trap and cut inside, but his shot was well-blocked by Bernd Leno.

Southampton brought on Charlie Austin in the second half to see if he could maintain his record of scoring against Arsenal every time he has faced them in the league, but the Saints were unable to get back into the game.

His deflected ball found a way through to Mkhitaryan who doubled the lead with an unerring finish.

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Two attacking half-time changes from the visitors did little to inspire them back into the game, and Arsenal controlled much of the second 45 minutes like a training match. In this game past year, Arsenal stormed back from 2-0 down to win while, in this season's reverse fixture, they traded blows before Charlie Austin decided matters.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been directly involved in each of Arsenal's four Premier League goals against Southampton this season (3 goals, 1 assist).

Speaking after the match, Emery admitted that his side were starting to play to his style and even singled out Arsenal's fringe players for adapting quickly during the club's busy fixture schedule.

"We are not looking at the table at the moment because we still have a lot of games to play", the Armenian told the Daily Mail. "For us this win, and the way we played, is a positive", he added.

Arsenal vs Southampton, Premier League