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25 min: And just as I start to praise Ward-Prowse, he gives the ball away in midfield, leading to an Odegaard ping forwards to Jesus, who twists and turns in the penalty area before scorching the side-netting with a left-footed strike.

23 min: Southampton are enjoying a decent spell of possession, with Ward-Prowse starting to pull the strings in midfield. From small acorns and all that …

22 min: Score updates! Harvey Barnes has given Leicester a 2-0 lead at Wolves and Rodrigo has put Leeds 1-0 up against Fulham. How Jesse Marsch needs a win.

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21 min: A corner for Southampton! Ward-Prowse whips it in right on top of Ramsdale, who does well to punch away under his own crossbar. A Ward-Prowse set piece might be Southampton’s biggest threat today.

19 min: Diallo shows great composure to swivel away from a swarm of Arsenal midfielders and release the onrushing Ward-Prowse but a promising counter-attack slows down when Aribo cuts back inside and goes backwards.

18 min: Meanwhile at Villa Park, Danny Ings has scored again to given his side a 3-0 lead over Brentford after just 18 minutes. How Southampton must miss Ings. Give it Danksy?

Give it Danksy ‘till end of the season.
Give it Danksy ‘till end of the season. Photograph: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

17 min: Southampton can’t get out of their half. Arsenal look like they have a couple more gears to move through, too.

16 min: “Every time I start thinking that Arsenal might win the title, I start feeling like the old man in the Bruce Springsteen song Reason to Believe, poking a dead dog with a stick hoping it’ll spring to life,” writes Kári Tulinius. “But still, as the chorus kinda says, with every Xhaka goal Arsenal fans find some reason to believe.”

15 min: Arsenal have sat back a little since scoring and seem content to let Southampton have the ball, mainly because the Saints don’t seem to know what to do with it in possession.

13 min: And so are Aston Villa, who are the latest club to enjoy a No Manager Bounce. Danny Ings has given them a 2-0 lead over Brentford. Caretaker manager Aaron Danks has very much located Steven Gerrard’s handbrake and taken it off.

Aston Villa are motoring.
Aston Villa are motoring. Photograph: Barrington Coombs/PA

Goal! Southampton 0-1 Arsenal (Xhaka 11)

What a finish! White is sent scuttling down the right wing by Saka before picking out Xhaka with a delightful clipped cross towards the penalty spot, where the midfielder thunders home on the half-volley with his right foot. Lovely stuff. Arsenal are purring.

Granit Xhaka scores to put Arsenal in front with a fine finish.
Granit Xhaka scores to put Arsenal in front with a fine finish. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

9 min: Martinelli waltzes up the left, cuts the ball inside to Xhaka who, in turn, lays it on a plate for Odegaard on the edge of the box. The Arsenal captain should at least test Bazunu but drags a tame shot wide with his left foot. The Gunners are all over this game like an attractive rash.

7 min: Xhaka lashes a shot straight at Bazunu, who makes a Pat Jennings-style save with his legs (ask your parents, kids). It followed some lovely one-touch passing between Martinelli and Jesus, who have struck up a fine understanding in little time at Arsenal.

6 min: Lyanco has a pop from distance but it’s a comfortable save for Ramsdale. Meanwhile, Aston Villa are 1-0 up against Brentford already. Leon Bailey the scorer.

It’s a post-Gerrard world as Leon Bailey puts Aston Villa ahead.
It’s a post-Gerrard world as Leon Bailey puts Aston Villa ahead. Photograph: Rui Vieira/AP

4 min: Xhaka floats it over to the right, where Saka takes a feather-toed touch, drops his shoulder and whips a “come and head me inswinger” into the six-yard box that Jesus can’t quite reach. That was a delicious cross.

3 min: Caletar-Car shunts Jesus from behind in the muscular fashion to give Arsenal a free-kick midway inside the Saints half. Xhaka to take it …

2 min: Jesus brings a save out of Bazunu immediately after some fine work down the left … but the striker is rightly flagged for offside. A sharp start from the Gunners though.


1 min: Peep! Arsenal get the match under way. They’re kicking from left to right on my TV. Southampton going the other way. So build a picture of that in your minds if you will.

The teams are out at St Mary’s on what has ended up being a lovely day for football after the torrential showers earlier. Southampton wear their white shirts with a single red stripe down the middle (that’s not a Southampton kit for me – wear are the stripes?) while Arsenal wear all black. Here we go!

There are three other 2pm kick-offs in the Premier League this afternoon: Aston Villa v Brentford, Leeds v Fulham and Wolves v Leicester. There are some struggling clubs in action there with Villa and Wolves having already sacked their managers and the pressure very much on Leeds’ Jesse Marsch and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers. You can follow the goals with our live scores page, here.

An anonymous Arsenal fan writes: “It’s a cautious optimism. Very cautious. We all remember how things fell apart so painfully last year when we were only chasing fourth place. Terrible defeats at Newcastle and Spurs and the old failings were exposed. Now, we have a great first XI but a single injury in a key place – Jesus, Saka, Xhaka, Martinelli, Saliba, etc – could cause major issues; whereas the City squad has at least two high quality players in almost every position. It’s a long, long season and who knows how the World Cup break will affect momentum, injuries, approach, mentalities …”

Football is for everyone

Before kick-off, a reminder that all weekend Premier League captains are wearing rainbow armbands as part of the Premier League’s commitment to supporting LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Martin Odegaard's shirt and the captain’s armband in support of the LGBTQ+ community in football and beyond.
Martin Odegaard’s shirt and the captain’s armband in support of the LGBTQ+ community in football and beyond. Photograph: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC/Getty Images

Ralph Hasenhüttl speaks:

We know what we are facing today. Top of the table … we need to have a good performance. Che Adams has a hamstring problem and is not fully fit, we are not taking a risk as we do not want to lose him. It will not be about the shape today it will be about what we deliver on the pitch. We need to show a lot of passion at home, lots of sprinting lots of running and finding a way of defending, commitment, solutions. There is not much difference to last time [when Southampton won 1-0 in April] but we did everything right [on that day].

Most Arsenal fans I have spoken to have been reluctant to say they are in a title race yet. Even now when they have dropped only three points from 30. Surely the race is very much on now, no? I understand that Erling Haaland is ridiculous but surely the consistency Arteta spoke of is making some of you believe … just a little bit?

It’s coming home etc etc.
It’s coming home etc. Photograph: Reuters File Photo/Action Images/Reuters

“Afternoon Gregg,” writes Dean Kinsella. “I know the Saints are in need of goals and Adams is a big loss but arguably, Walker-Peters is the biggest loss today. He has been in splendid form of late.”

He really is, Dean. His battle against Gabriel Martinelli would have been a cracking one today. He was starting to put himself in the England picture too, given the issues Gareth Southgate has at right-back.

A very relaxed-looking Mikel Arteta has just been out on the pitch at St Mary’s for a quick word with Sky. Here’s what he had to say:

Why are Arsenal doing so well? “It’s about the consistency, individually and collectively and doing all the basics right and always doing your best. We must always have the willingness to improve.”

What’s the difference between the Arsenal team that lost at Southampton in April and this one? “The environment and the energy around the team is positive. Last year they made it difficult and we will have to deal with it again. The schedule we have [means we] have to prepare our players mentally and physically for the fixtures. Every team has a strength and weakness and we will try to exploit them,” he adds when asked about Walker-Peters’ absence.

Team news

Southampton: Bazunu, Caleta-Car, Lyanco, Salisu, Perraud,
Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi, Aribo, Stuart Armstrong,
Adam Armstrong. Subs: McCarthy, Adams, Mara, Djenepo, Edozie,
Larios, Walcott, Payne, Finnigan.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu, Partey,
Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus. Subs: Tierney,
Nketiah, Holding, Cedric, Vieira, Sambi Lokonga, Nelson,
Alencar, Turner.

Referee: Robert Jones (Merseyside)

The bad news for Southampton is that Che Adams is only fit enough to make the bench after struggling with a tight hamstring. Meanwhile, Arsenal are unchanged from Leeds and look supremely strong.


Afternoon! It’s a mark of how good Arsenal have been this season that they can afford to slip up at Southampton today and still stay top of the table. Mikel Arteta has built an energetic and flexible team, capable of winning matches in various ways. Following the pulsating win over Liverpool at the Emirates –which very much felt like New Arsenal – they stuck at their job and won by that most Old Arsenal of scorelines at Leeds to pull four points clear. “We found a way to win,” said Arteta. They certainly did and that ability is helping them put up big numbers – they’re enjoying their best start to a season in 118 years – and, who knows, maybe if they can keep their noses in front until the World Cup, the extended break might just help them. Going toe to toe with Manchester City is a mentally exhausting business and the Premier League hiatus for Qatar could be a welcome reset. Here’s how the top of the table looks before kick-off. Nice eh, Gunners?

As for Southampton, Ralph Hasenhüttl stopped the rot – and quite possibly saved his job – by following four defeats in a row with a draw against West Ham and a 1-0 win at Bournemouth. Arsenal are a cut above both those sides, though, and the hosts could be in for a long afternoon. Only Che Adams offers any threat in attack and without his five goals so far this season Saints could be in the relegation zone. Hasenhüttl is without the marauding right-back Kyle Walker-Peters, who has pulled a hamstring, and also the on-loan Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is unable to play against his parent club. James Ward-Prowse hasn’t scored one of his free-kicks in a while, either. How Saints could do with him chipping in today.

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