Ralph Hassenhuti rewarded with playing his starting eleven with a dominant first half display and a solid second half when Mikel Arteta sent on his best players looking for an equalizer.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was absent for individual reasons however on came Alex Lacazette, Thomas Partey and Bukayo Saka as Arsenal played without directions.
Eddie Nketiah, played in by Partey, might have taken them to extra time. However, he swung wildly over the bar.
Consequently, it was a matching lesson for Arteta. With Emile Smith-Rowe rested, he may conclude that without his best starting eleven he has a pedestrian squad with little or no fight.
Willian, once more, failed to establish a connection here nor did Gabriel Martinelli, however, his physical injury crises, he may be forgotten. His form is unquestionably a matter of time.
Yet, still, Arsenal dominated possession in the second half, there was very little Southampton needed to stress over.
Rob Holding went close from a corner on 50 minutes and Fraser Forster did well to touch wide a brilliant shot from Nketiah. Yet, truly. Southampton is excessively very much equipped to permit an indecisive Arsenal team to get in behind them.
From the beginning, the plan seems to be clear. Hassenhuttl played his starting eleven; while Arteta chose to rotate.
Also, the free-kick James Ward Prowse whipped in after two minutes and his corner on four minutes, which saw Danny Ings’ header deflected wide was the highlight of the game.
Also, however they tried to up their game in the second half, they’re never really positive.
Obviously, in the 84 minutes, it looked like Holding had conceded a penalty as he clumsily fouled Shane Long as he missed the ball.
Luckily for him, both ref Petr Bakes and VAR David Coote gave him the benefit of doubt, so Nketiah would get that late opportunity to reprieve his team.