Southampton player ratings
Fraser Forster (8.5) – A man of the game veteran goalie performance. Time and time again, he made key saves for the Saints to secure three points.
Yan Valery (7.5) – The Frenchman had a great afternoon in the last three for Ralph Hasenhüttl, which also included efficiency in aerial duels.
Lyanco (7) – Much like the rest of Southampton’s three defenders today, Lyanco has positioned himself well in the center of the defensive line and can walk away with his head held high.
Jan Bednarek (8) – Got on the scoresheet for the game’s only goal while being solid in defense at the back. A very good overall performance.
Kyle Walker-Peters (6.5) – Tasked with coming up against a mobile Arsenal trio, the England full-back put in a decent performance by all accounts.
James Ward-Prowse (6.5) – Decent from the free-kick and creative specialist today, but nothing exceptional either. Didn’t take the wrong foot, but not entirely influential either.
Oriol Romeu (7) – A picture of frustration for Arsenal this afternoon. Although he somehow escaped a booking, he did well to try to stop the game in the middle.
Romain Perraud (6.5) – A somewhat gray performance from the Frenchman. Nothing fancy, but that wasn’t a problem either. He was fine and did the necessary work.
Stuart Armstrong (6.5) – Maybe unlucky not to get something out of his performance this afternoon. Put a real lag in all phases of the game.
Mohammed Elyounoussi (7.5) – An assist for the Norwegian winger this afternoon in a good all-around performance. Tireless, like many other Saints players.
Armando Broja (6.5) – Sharp and a handful as always. Worked hard and tried to feed on what little he had. It’s clear why the Saints and Chelsea love him.
Sub in the 74th minute: Shane Long (6) – brought on to frustrate Arsenal and did just that with a typical heavy press appearance from the bench.
Sub in the 82nd minute: Nathan Redmond (6) – Had 15 minutes to allow his fresh legs to frustrate a tiring and beleaguered Arsenal.
Sub in the 91st minute: Tino Livramento (N/A) – Charged to come close out the game for the Saints but only logged 4 minutes in the process.
Arsenal player ratings
Aaron Ramsdale (6.5) – Some might say he could have done better on Bednarek’s effort for the goal, but the Arsenal keeper was solid on the day otherwise.
Cedric Soares (6.5) – Lively up front and did well delivering plenty of decent balls in the area all afternoon, but was a bit lacking in the defensive third.
Ben White (6.5) – White remains – at present – the better of Arsenal’s two centre-backs in recent weeks. His booking probably lowers his game rating slightly.
Gabriel (6.5) – Agreed all along, but looks like a scaled down version of the player who – at the start of the season – was aiming for a Player of the Season nomination.
Nuno Tavares (6.5) – A similar afternoon from the young Portuguese left-back. Pretty decent but he has a bit of a ways to go before he can replicate and replace Kieran Tierney.
Sambi Lokonga (6) – Talented as he is for a young footballer and international in his own right, but it’s clear he’s still too inconsistent to be tasked with a key role at the moment.
Martin Ødegaard (7) – Much like Saka, Ødegaard remained a bright spot in an otherwise frustrating performance. Another outing that showed that he is the pivot of this young team.
Granit Xhaka (7) – The veteran Swiss international had a good day in the center of the park next to Ødegaard in his traditional role. Really did not take the wrong foot.
Gabriel Martinelli (6) – Not much of the Brazilian spark plug today in the Arsenal shirt, but it’s not entirely up to him. The few chances he had, he had to do better with.
Bukayo Saka (7) – One of the best – if not the best – performers for Arsenal on the afternoon. Constantly trying to create in the final third while also testing Forster.
Eddie Nketiah (6.5) – Hardly a bad outing from the young Englishman. Has regularly placed himself in good positions, but lacked a few final percentage points to make the difference.
Sub in the 59th minute: Emile Smith Rowe (6) – Missed some of what had made him so vital at various times this season for Arsenal but managed a handful of efforts on goal.
70th minute subtitles: Nicolas Pépé (6) – Not the best performance on the bench for the Ivorian who struggled to really get involved in the impact sub-role he once shone in.
What the managers said
To be updated as quotes come out after full time
What you may have missed
🚨 Alex Lacazette is absent from today’s squad after testing positive for Covid.
Wishing you all the best, @LacazetteAlex ✊
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 16, 2022
Eddie Nketiah was given the nod today ahead of Alexandre Lacazette, not because of the Frenchman’s lack of form, but because of Olympique Lyonnais’ former standout test positive for Covid-19. Although some Arsenal fans have long been frustrated with Lacazette this season, he remains one of Arsenal’s most influential first-team players.
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The Premier League table as it is
|6||West Ham United||32||15||6||11||51||42||9||51|
|8||Wanderers of Wolverhampton||32||15||4||13||33||28||5||49|
|ten||Brighton and Hove Albion||32||9||13||ten||29||37||-8||40|
|20||City of Norwich||31||5||6||20||20||63||-43||21|
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What is the kick off time between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC?
2:00 p.m., Saturday 16 April 2022