Arsenal French striker Olivier Giroud’s double took the gunners four points clear over Liverpool as the gunners claimed the maximum 3 points against the saints.
Olivier Giroud capitalized on a howler from Saints goalkeeper Artur Boruc to open the scoring midway through the first half and he sealed the game with a late penalty to secure victory for the gunners, but the gunners were made to work hard by a Southampton side that controlled the midfield almost through the game. The performance of Southampton really showed why they are yet to lose a game in the league prior to their meeting with Arsenal.
Arsenal had several chances to bury the game which they failed to take advantage. Jack Wilshere was unlucky not to put the Gunners in front after 10 minutes, evading Luke Shaw and floating a delicate chip over Boruc, only for the ball to strike the post and rebound into the keeper’s hands.
And the same post came to Southampton’s rescue soon afterwards as Mesut Ozil crossed for Aaron Ramsey, whose impudent back-heeled volley left Boruc helpless but grazed the woodwork.
However, it was not all Arsenal as Arsenal’s Polish goal stopper Wojciech Szczesny was kept busy as the first half drew to a close, tipping Adam Lallana’s left-foot volley over after Mikel Arteta had miscued his clearance.
The polish international Wojciech Szczesny preserved the Gunners’ lead with another save, diving to his right to scramble away a Rodriguez effort as the visitors search for an equalizer to level the match.
Southampton started the second half well, with Morgan Schneiderlin teeing up skipper Lallana for a drive that was struck firmly but saved comfortably by Szczesny.
Theo Walcott made his return from injury with 20-minute to play, he replaced Santi Cazorla. He almost doubled the lead but he drove it wide.
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Ramsey, Arteta (Rosicky 74); Ozil (Monreal 81), Wilshere, Cazorla (Walcott 70); Giroud.