Sunday, February 24, 2019 6:31 pm
Arsenal cruised to victory over a disjointed Southampton, thanks to two first-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the Emirates on Sunday.
The victory took them back into the top four in the English Premier League (EPL).
Arsenal took the lead in the sixth minute in bizarre circumstances.
Lacazette neatly back-heeled in a pass from Mkhitaryan while the rest of the team were still appealing for a penalty kick after Lucas Torreira took a tumble in the box.
The home side doubled their advantage minutes later when Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn, making only his second EPL appearance, cleared the ball straight into the path of Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi.
The Nigerian forward bolted forward and passed across the goal to the unmarked Mkhitaryan, who thumped his shot low into the corner.
Lacazette should arguably have had a hat-trick within the first half, but he was unable to take advantage of any of the numerous opportunities which came his way.
Southampton, by contrast, looked a shadow of the team that won the reverse fixture at St Mary’s in December, registering only three shots in the half to the Gunners’ 11.
They brought on Charlie Austin in the second half to see if he could maintain his record of scoring against Arsenal every time he has met them in the league.
But the Saints were unable to break back into the game.
The result moves Unai Emery’s side up into fourth place in the standings on 53 points after Manchester United were held to a goalless draw by Liverpool at Old Trafford.(Reuters/NAN)