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Southampton thrashed 3-0 at Arsenal


Arsenal v Southampton - Premier League Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

Struggling and shorthanded Southampton was thrashed 3-0 at Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

40-year-old Willy Caballero started in goal for Saints, who were without both first-team goalkeepers Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster through injury.

Mohammed Salisu and Oriol Romeu also missed out on the trip to Arsenal through suspension have each picked up yellow cards in the draw with Brighton.

Alexandre Lacazette finished off a clinical break to make it 1-0 to Arsenal in the 21st minute against the run play after Saints produced a bright start to the match.

Martin Odegaard doubled the advantage six minutes later when he was the benefactor of an odd scramble inside the box.

Gabriel ensured a comprehensive victory when he headed home from a corner-kick to make it 3-0 in the 62nd minute.

Saints are without a win in their last five outings, including three defeats, and sit 16th in the table on 16 points.

Arsenal grabbed a much needed win after suffering two straight league defeats and climbed into fifth place ahead of Tottenham, who have postponed matches due to positive COVID-19 tests at the club.

Arsenal (4-4-1-1): Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel (Holding 69), Tierney; Saka, Thomas, Xhaka (Sambi 81), Martinelli; Odegaard; Lacazette (Pepe 83)

Unused subs: Okonkwo (GK), Smith Rowe, Maitland-Niles, Cedric, Tavares, Sambi, Nketiah

Goals: Lacazette (21), Odegaard (27), Gabriel (62)

Bookings: Gabriel (3), Saka (17)

Southampton (4-4-2): Caballero; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Stephens, Livramento; Tella, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Redmond; Armstrong (Elyounoussi 43), Broja (Lyanco 70)

Unused subs: Lewis (GK), Long, Perraud, Djenepo, Smallbone, Walcott, Valery

Goals: None

Bookings: None