Arsenal, full of confidence against Manchester United in their upcoming Premier League match meanwhile Southampton will look to bounce back in their next match when they welcome Aston Villa to St. Mary’s Stadium.
After a tightly-challenged game, Arsenal clinches a hard-fought win over Hasenhuttl’s Southampton.
Five minutes after Armstrong gave the Saints the lead, Pepe had the Gunners back on level terms.
Also, shortly before half time, Saka fired the visitors in front as he rounded McCarthy after latching onto Lacazette’s first-time pass.
As the game wore on, Arteta’s team rose in confidence, and Lacazette secured the points with a close-range finish on 72 minutes.
‘Arteta spoke to the press after the game: I don’t want to look at the table, I just want to look at the reasons why we are winning matches,’ was Arteta’s inevitable response to questions over Arsenal’s top-four chances.
Having met three times in 40 days, these two teams will be grateful not to see each other again until next season. Southampton certainly will after this defeat.
Arsenal was still without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was absent due to personal family reasons, while Kieran Tierney also missed the game as Arteta manages his left back’s workload.
You’d have put your money on Aubameyang taking the chance and Lacazette contribution inside the opening minute.
Similarly, Saka continued to terrorise Saints left-back Jake Vokins, who was having a tough evening trying to cope with the Arsenal youngster. The longer the game continued, the more significant Arsenal’s tensions became.
But Arteta’s men weren’t to be denied as Lacazette eased concerns with the easiest of close-range finishes following Saka’s low cross as the Gunners sealed the victory.
A season that looked so full of promise is starting to fade for Southampton – they have won just one of their previous seven.
Hasenhuttl, who wants to sign a defender this month, tried to make light of his team’s upsetting run: ‘That one win was against Liverpool – we are a good team and I’m sure we will play better next weekend.’
For Arsenal, however, their season is finally paying off.