Arsenal 3-2 Southampton

Southampton put in a spirited performance at the Emirates scoring twice through Shane Long and Charlie Austin. Saints came away empty-handed though as Arsenal narrowly edged the five-goal thriller 3-2.

Mark Hughes: "Apart from the key moments which led to goals, I thought our performance was good.

"Once we were behind, we had to show a lot of character and I was pleased by what I saw. I wanted to see that kind of performance and that was the main thing for me. It was encouraging, that contrast in what we produced at West Ham and what we did today.

“I felt we needed to be solid after conceding too early in the last two games and we were for the most part. We were resolute and when we did break we attacked with good effect, showing a good understanding of what we had worked on during the week.

“We broke with good effect behind Longy, creating some good chances and scoring one of them in the first half. I think we were good value at 1-0 even if Arsenal had a lot of possession, it was all in front of us and they didn’t really have much of a look in.

“Our approach to the game initially didn’t suit Charlie but it was always my intention to bring him off the bench.

"We went for Shane because he’s the best at stretching the play and working backwards but with Charlie you know he will get scoring chances, he comes alive in the box.”


James Ward-Prowse: "Happy with the display on the most part, the game plan was executed well, we knew it is a tough place to come.

"They have a lot of the ball. But we can't come to Arsenal and concede goals as easily as we did today.

"It was important to show character [after the West Ham result]. We needed to build a platform, stay in the game, and frustrate our opposition.

"We got our fans on side, they were fantastic today and a lot of positives to take, but we wanted the points ultimately.

"When the team is struggling, you need to show passion and fight. That's what the football club is all about; togetherness and unity. Going forward, in the long-run, we need that."


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