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Revived Saints deal further blow to Arsenal's top-four hopes

Revived Saints deal further blow to Arsenal's top-four hopes

Southampton's Jan Bednarek celebrates with Armando Broja after scoring in their side's Premier League match against Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton on Apr 16, 2022. (Photo: Reuters/Ian Walton)

Southampton ended a five-match winless run in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday (Apr 16), dealing further damage to the visitors' hopes of finishing in the top four this season.

Mikel Arteta's side have slipped to sixth place in the standings on 54 points, level with Manchester United and three behind north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur but with a game in hand over both teams.

Jan Bednarek gave Southampton a narrow lead one minute before half-time after Mohamed Elyounoussi evaded the offside trap and crossed for the defender to finish past goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to hand Arsenal their third straight defeat.

Arsenal, without forward Alexandre Lacazette due to COVID-19, failed to take advantage of early chances, and were largely limited to speculative shots from distance, and their late push for an equaliser was thwarted by goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Forster, who denied Gabriel Martinelli after nine minutes with an acrobatic save, later clawed away substitute Emile Smith Rowe's effort at full stretch before blocking a shot from Bukayo Saka and diving to save Granit Xhaka's deflected strike.

Arsenal dominated with 76 per cent of the possession and had five shots on target, but threw away the opportunity to re-ignite their top-four hopes after Tottenham's loss to Brighton & Hove Albion earlier on Saturday.

Source: Reuters/kg

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