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Southampton over-matched in defeat at Arsenal

Can’t win it if you’re never it in.

Arsenal FC v Southampton FC - Premier League Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Southampton went from the luscious weather in Tenerife to a sunny 2-0 thumping at Arsenal on Sunday.

Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both scored inside 20 minutes, with the former failing to take further advantage of a disjointed Southampton side.

The defeat leaves Southampton, who looked nowhere near the side that won at St Mary’s, a single point adrift of relegation rivals Cardiff City and safety as they enter a difficult run of games ahead, including Manchester United and Tottenham.

Lacazette back-heeled a pass from Mkhitaryan in for the game’s opening goal before Alex Iwobi set up the Armenian midfielder 11 minutes later thanks in part to a goalkeeping error by Angus Gunn.

Southampton mustered just four shots on target, but never truly put Arsenal under any sustained pressure.

Arsenal: Leno, Kolasinac, Papastathopoulos, Mustafi, Lichtsteiner (Koscielny 56), Xhaka, Torreira, Iwobi (Aubameyang 75), Ramsey (Ozil 63), Mkhitaryan, Lacazette.

Unused subs: Cech (GK), Monreal, Suarez, Guendouzi.

Goals: Lacazette (6), Mkhitaryan (17).

Bookings: None.

Southampton: Gunn, Vestergaard, Stephens (Austin 46), Bednarek, Targett, Valery, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Armstrong (Obafemi 46 (Elyounoussi 65)), Redmond.

Unused subs: McCarthy, Yoshida, Bertrand, Slattery.

Goals: None.

Bookings: None.