Arsenal blows an opportunity to close the gap on the top four

Arsenal failed to profit on rival Tottenham’s earlier humiliation, falling to a 1-0 defeat over Southampton.

Jan Bednarek scored the game’s lone goal late in the first half when there were few opportunities. However, as the game went, Southampton supporters had a different man to thank for the three points, with ‘keeper Fraser Forster putting in an outstanding display.

The opening half was tense, with neither team reluctant to give too much away.

The first opportunity, though, fell to Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah won the ball within Southampton’s half, enabling Arsenal to exploit the Saints’ mistakes.

Bukayo Saka seemed to be on his way to scoring when the ball was delivered across goal, but a superb stop from Forster preserved the game scoreless.

The Gunners would later repent this blunder, as Southampton scored shortly before halftime.

A punch from Aaron Ramsdale failed to eliminate the threat of a Southampton assault, enabling Mohamed Elyounoussi to cross.

The ball was then sent into the path of Bednarek, who beat Ramsdale at the near post to put Southampton ahead. This was the defender’s fourth goal in the Premier League this season.

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