Match Day 32 of the English Premier League saw a thrilling 3-3 draw between Arsenal and Southampton. The game got off to an early start when C._Alcaraz scored for Southampton in the first minute (0:1). This was followed by T._Walcott’s goal at 14 minutes (0:2) to give the Saints a comfortable two-goal lead. However, G._Martinelli had other ideas and reduced Arsenal’s deficit with a goal at 20 minutes (1:2). The second half saw more drama as D._Caleta-Car increased Southampton’s lead with a goal in the 66th minute (1:3). Despite this, Arsenal managed to stage an incredible comeback in the dying minutes of the game thanks to goals from M._Odegaard at 88 minutes (2:3) and B._Saka at 90 minutes (3:3) ensuring both sides shared points.
Aaron Ramsdale (rating 5.7)
Gavin Bazunu (rating 5.9)
L. Trossard (F. Vieira, 57)
D. Caleta-Car (J. Bednarek, 41)
Arsenal had an impressive display of dominance during their match against Southampton, holding a whopping 74% of the ball possession. This allowed them to take 25 shots on target, with 6 on goal, giving them plenty of chances to score. Martin Ødegaard was the most active in terms of taking shots and was ultimately rewarded with a goal. Southampton meanwhile managed 8 shots on target and 6 on goal, showing that they still remained competitive despite having less control of the ball. Theo Walcott was the standout player for Southampton as he hit the most shots on goal out of all players from both teams.
Rob Holding of Arsenal had an impressive pass accuracy rate of 89%, completing 86 passes. James Ward-Prowse of Southampton also had an impressive pass accuracy rate of 84% but with a smaller sample size, completing 33 passes. Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal led the way in terms of key passes, with 6, while James Ward-Prowse made 2.
Arsenal and Southampton faced off in a tense match, with both teams looking for the win. In terms of interceptions, Arsenal had the upper hand, with Benjamin White leading the team with one interception. Southampton had 15 interceptions in total, with Mohamed Elyounoussi having the most at four. On the other side of things, Arsenal had zero interceptions while Southampton managed nine, two of which were made by Armel Bella-Kotchap. In the end, it was an impressive defensive display from both teams but Arsenal’s three interceptions proved to be decisive in securing them a victory.
With the football season in full swing, it appears that Bukayo Saka and Mohamed Elyounoussi are the leaders of their respective teams in one key statistic. As reported by Opta Sports, Bukayo Saka of Arsenal and Mohamed Elyounoussi of Southampton are both leading the way when it comes to face-to-face fights for ball. Specifically, Saka has won 9 such battles while Elyounoussi has won 10. With both players showing an impressive determination to win back possession for their teams, it’s no surprise that they have been so successful this season.
- O. Zinchenko (Arsenal) at 45 minute
- C. Alcaraz (Southampton) at 27 minute
- R. Perraud (Southampton) at 32 minute
- K. Walker-Peters (Southampton) at 42 minute
- A. Armstrong (Southampton) at 76 minute
- I. Diallo (Southampton) at 90 minute
The last five games (including this match):
- Arsenal – DDDWW
- Southampton – DLLLD
Top 5 English Premier League scorers:
- Erling Haaland (32, Manchester City)
- Harry Kane (23, Tottenham)
- Ivan Toney (18, Brentford)
- Mohamed Salah (15, Liverpool)
- Marcus Rashford (15, Manchester United)
- Arsenal will play with Manchester City. April 26 at 19:00 (UTC), on Etihad Stadium.
- Southampton will play with Bournemouth. April 27 at 18:45 (UTC), on St. Marys Stadium.