Premier League

January 1, 2013

Full-time

Southampton

1 - 1

Arsenal

Premier League

17:30 +00:00, January 1, 2013

St. Mary's Stadium, England

  • 90'

    And that's the final whistle - 1-1 it finishes, moving Southampton out of the relegation zone. A very good point for the home side; a frustrating evening for Arsenal.

  • 90'

    Southampton deserve this point - they have been not only resolute but have also played plenty of good and constructive football.

  • 90'

    Maybe not - another Arsenal free-kick. Walcott's delivery is poor and, in trying to win the ball back, Arsenal give away a free-kick. Seconds remaining now.

  • 90'

    Great chance for Arsenal - Gibbs in on the left, and his cross is blocked with plenty waiting in the middle. Will that be the last chance?

  • 90'

    There will be three minutes of stoppage time.

  • 89'

    The ball is chipped in towards Giroud by Arteta, and scrambled clear.

  • 88'

    Inching towards the final seconds of normal time, and Arsenal are on the attack. They have a throw deep inside Saints territory.

  • 87'

    He does really well to manufacture a shooting chance, but fires his effort too close to Szczesny, who parries it well.

  • 87'

    Ramsey dwells too long on the ball and Puncheon gets forward as Southampton look to attack.

  • 86'

    Boruc claims after a bit of pinball inside the box during which Vermaelen did well to cross dangerously.

  • 85'

    De Ridder brings down Sagna as Arsenal break and is booked. Free-kick in a good crossing position...

  • 85'

    Five minutes of normal time remaining. As Saints get the ball into the area, Rodriguez heads goalwards, but straight at Szczesny.

  • 84'

    Gervinho jinks into a shooting position, but his effort from the left angle of the area finds the side netting.

  • 83'

    Arsenal own-goal scorer Do Prado is off and Steve De Ridder on as Southampton boss Adkins rings the changes once more.

  • 83'

    Gervinho comes down the left after a Saints attack fizzles out. The Saints defence, yet again, does its job well.

  • 81'

    At the other end, Rodriguez again breaks well, but he's unable to get his cutback right and Arsenal deal with it easily.

  • 80'

    Then Walcott does well to find a cross which is cleared to the edge of the area, where Arteta lashes wide.

  • 79'

    Giroud wins Arsenal a throw inside the Southampton half. The ball is played into the box, but cleared.

  • 78'

    It's punched away by Szczesny, and Gervinho's attempt to break is thwarted by the home defence.

  • 77'

    Down the left comes substitute Rodriguez, and he wins a corner...

  • 77'

    Ramirez off and James Ward-Prowse on in another Southampton change.

  • 76'

    A shade under 15 minutes of normal time remaining: will that be enough for either side to find a winner?

  • 75'

    Southampton again snuff it out - they have defended very well.

  • 74'

    Wilshere has used the ball better than many of his colleagues today, and starts a move in which the ball is worked out to the right and Sagna.

  • 73'

    Oxlade-Chamberlain off, Gervinho on. Aaron Ramset on and Cazorla off for Arsenal. Southampton have rung the changes up front, replacing Lambert with Jay Rodriguez.

  • 73'

    Do Prado gets a bit of room down the left and crosses, but can't find anyone.

  • 72'

    Good work again from Southampton, and it looks as though Arsene Wenger is about to respond with another substitution.

  • 71'

    Davis then finds Ramirez inside the area - the flag is up, even though he hooks home. He looked on: an escape for Arsenal there.

  • 70'

    Davis crosses for Southampton, and Vermaelen heads it away.

  • 69'

    Walcott beats the offside trap and hits an early shot at Boruc, who gathers without much in the way of fuss.

  • 68'

    He attempts to play Lambert in on the left, but there's a misunderstanding between the two.

  • 67'

    The away fans are trying to get their team going - but Ramirez is on the ball for Southampton.

  • 66'

    Saints give the ball away and Wilshere takes it on - again, the pass can't be threaded through and again Southampton get it away.

  • 65'

    Arsenal come forward and it's Boruc's turn to claim well as the cross comes in.

  • 65'

    In it comes, and Szczesny claims solidly.

  • 64'

    Still they push forward, though, and win a free-kick after a midfield scramble.

  • 63'

    Ramirez has a shot, but that's always rising and no threat to Arsenal.

  • 63'

    Davis then does well to find Puncheon on the right-hand side of the Arsenal area. He doesn't catch the shot right and it hits the side netting.

  • 62'

    ...it runs loose, and Lambert just fails to get on the end of it. Dangerous moment for Arsenal.

  • 61'

    Punhceon plays a great ball to Schneiderlin, who crosses. It's dangerous...

  • 61'

    Just past the hour mark, and this is very much in the balance. Tough one to call.

  • 60'

    Puncheon slips, but Fonte is there to cover Oxlade-Chamberlain's run and whacks the ball against him and behind for a goal-kick.

  • 59'

    Walcott wafts a hopeless cross out of play when Arsenal had a fair few players in promising positions.

  • 58'

    The Frenchman scored two of the seven goals against Newcastle as a substitute, and was only denied a hat-trick by the bar.

  • 58'

    Podolski comes off and Olivier Giroud is into the fray as Arsene Wenger makes an early change.

  • 57'

    But Walcott breaks and tries a shot when he might have had better options on. Southampton block and clear.

  • 56'

    Southampton looking the more constructive of the two sides at the moment, as they did for much of the first half.

  • 56'

    The keeper is then relieved to be able to grab the ball on the goalline as Saints swing a dangerous flag-kick in.

  • 55'

    Lambert crosses, Puncheon picks up the pieces and shoots - and Szczesny tips it round the post.

  • 55'

    Arsenal's raggedness is illustrated again as they pass the ball straight out of play on the halfway line.

  • 54'

    Davis chips it forward towards Cork but the flag goes up - very late - against the son of Wimbledon legend Alan.

  • 53'

    Puncheon is bundled over by Arteta on halfway. Free-kick to the Saints.

  • 52'

    Wilshere and Arteta work the ball out to the Arsenal right, but good pressing from Southampton again forces the visitors back.

  • 51'

    A bitty start to the second period, then - neither side has been able to do much in the way of keeping and using the ball as yet.

  • 51'

    He looks a bit dazed, but makes his way back to his feet.

  • 51'

    Wilshere is down again - a foot was up in the challenge on him by Ramirez.

  • 50'

    Cazorla looks for Podolski down the left, but it's too far in front of him and runs out for a goal-kick.

  • 49'

    Arsenal win it back, but it's still not working for them - the passing goes awry.

  • 48'

    Throw-in to Southampton, on halfway.

  • 47'

    Oxlade-Chamberlain takes on his man down the right, but his cross lands on the roof of the net rather than finding a colleague.

  • 47'

    Long down the right from Arsenal - too long, and it drifts out of play.

  • 46'

    Lambert salvages something from a ballooned Puncheon cross. He heads it back into the danger area and the Gunners clear uncomfortably.

  • 46'

    Saints get us started and win an early throw deep inside Arsenal territory.

  • 45'

    The players are out for the second half - there don't appear to be any changes on either side.

  • 45'

    Into the one minute of stoppage time and, as Boruc kicks long, the whistle goes. All square: 1-1 at the halfway mark.

  • 45'

    Walcott, just for a second, looks to be through on goal. The flag is up, even though he finds the net (via Boruc).

  • 45'

    Dying embers of the first half. Nigel Adkins will be delighted with his players, and I'm pretty sure Arsene Wenger will be demanding more from his.

  • 44'

    To the other end: Oxlade-Chamberlain crosses low and dangerously, but nobody can get on the end of that one.

  • 43'

    Back come Southampton, and they win a throw inside the Arsenal half. Ramirez produces a lovely flick, and Arsenal are relieved to just scramble it clear of danger.

  • 42'

    Wilshere launches into a strong challenge as he tries to win the ball back on the edge of the Southampton area. The referee doesn't like that one, and it's a Southampton free-kick.

  • 41'

    Southampton can count themselves a bit hard done by. They had barely been troubled before Do Prado's inadvertent intervention.

  • 40'

    GOAL: In it comes. It's not a great ball, but Do Prado sticks out a leg and deflects it into the corner. Arsenal, very fortuitously, are level.

  • 39'

    Walcott will take this one, and there are plenty in the area.

  • 38'

    Free-kick for Arsenal - out on the left - and what can they do with this?

  • 38'

    Arsenal have yet to force Boruc into a save. Sagna tries to do something about that with a cross, but it's cleared.

  • 37'

    Sagna gives the ball away again, but a Ramirez run into the area is snuffed out before any further damage can be done.

  • 37'

    Arteta, who has been very quiet, can't make anything happen with an attempted ball to the right. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain have been similarly anonymous so far.

  • 36'

    Sagna, in attempting to clear, scuffed the ball back into the danger area before it fell to Ramirez. Will that setback shake up a lethargic Arsenal?

  • 35'

    GOAL: Ramirez steers the ball coolly home, and Arsenal - who had two chances to get that ball away in the build-up the the goal - have only themselves to blame.

  • 34'

    Chaos in defence by Arsenal - they cant clear the ball and it will fall to Ramirez with a shooting chance just inside the area...

  • 33'

    ...Ramirez then tries to clip a pass through for Lambert, but it's just too strong.

  • 32'

    Southampton in possession in their own half. Forward they come, and Shaw has it now...

  • 31'

    The rangy Do Prado is on the run again, but he tries to do too much, attempting to wriggle between two opponents, and is thwarted.

  • 30'

    Half an hour gone, and this is very even. Not much to speak of in the way of goalscoring opportunities, and Arsenal have not succeeded in recapturing the crispness of their earlier play.

  • 30'

    Do Prado backheels to provide a crossing chance. Sagna's in the way.

  • 30'

    The home fans wanted a free-kick for that, but it was - at best - an optimistic shout.

  • 29'

    The home side are winning an awful lot of loose balls in midfield. From one, Ramirez tries to jink a path through but is crowded out.

  • 28'

    Sagna suddenly finds loads of space down the right as Southampton's defence gets drawn into the middle. His ball in is poor, though, and nothing comes of it.

  • 27'

    Shaw, who has had a good game so far, tries to find an early cross but is unable to steer his attempt beyond the first defender.

  • 26'

    The flag-kick is cleared, and good pressure by Puncheon, chasing a ball down the right, wins a throw near the Arsenal penalty area.

  • 26'

    ...he crosses early, and it's put behind for a corner.

  • 25'

    Southampton now look the better of the two teams on the ball, but here comes Oxlade-Chamberlain after a poor kick by Boruc...

  • 24'

    Vermaelen launches an aimless ball downfield, and Arsenal - so fluent in possession in the early stages - are struggling to find their passes.

  • 23'

    Lambert gets a flick-on, which Arsenal clear. It's suddenly gone a bit bitty.

  • 22'

    Play will resume with an Arsenal free-kick.

  • 21'

    Wilshere is back on his feet, but only to trudge gingerly over to the touchline.

  • 21'

    It was a strong challenge by the Saints man, and this is worrying for the Gunners.

  • 20'

    Boruc has the ball, and Saints go forward. Then there's a strong challenge between Ramirez and Wilshere, and the Arsenal man is down and appears in some pain.

  • 19'

    Southampton are unrecognisable defensively from the side that shipped all those goals at the Emirates earlier in the season.

  • 18'

    Not that much - in fact, not anything at all - in the way of clear-cut chances so far.

  • 17'

    Lambert has a swipe at goal from distance, but there's nothing in that one to alarm the Gunners.

  • 16'

    And a good noise from the visiting fans, who won't have enjoyed Koscielny giving the ball away in midfield.

  • 15'

    Good possession now from Southampton, being patient and keeping the ball.

  • 14'

    Jack Cork, in defence tonight, takes a throw inside his own half. Southampton lose possession, and there are a few players slipping and sliding on what looks a pretty skiddy pitch.

  • 13'

    Lovely touch by Lambert, but Vermaelen intercepts his dangerous-looking pass before it can reach a colleague just outside the area.

  • 13'

    Podolski, fed by Cazorla, has a shooting chance but is closed down very quickly and can't get his effort on target.

  • 12'

    Some gusto from Nigel Adkins' men - some good, strong midfield challenges going in as they try to disrupt the Arsenal rhythm.

  • 12'

    Lively fare in these opening moments. Southampton want a free-kick on the edge of the area, but aren't given it.

  • 11'

    Fine header clear by Shaw, and then Ramirez, on the break, tries to feed Lambert. And fails.

  • 10'

    Davis slips the ball through to Lambert, but the flag is up against the Saints' star striker.

  • 9'

    Better from the home side at the moment - but then Walcott chases a ball forward and Boruc leaves his area to clear.

  • 8'

    Arsenal aren't at all comfortable in dealing with it, and in the end are relieved just to hack it away unceremoniously.

  • 8'

    He throws out to Shaw, who gallops forward and, from that Boruc catch, Saints have gone up to the other end and won a corner.

  • 7'

    Another Arsenal corner - and this time Boruc claims well. That'll make him feel better.

  • 6'

    Cazorla plays a fine pass from left to right - and Boruc again fumbles the cross and is lucky to escape.

  • 5'

    Recalled keeper Boruc fumbles the corner, but the Gunners can't take advantage and the ball is hacked away.

  • 4'

    Walcott chases a long ball forward, but is thwarted by some good defending. Then Cazorla has a blast from a long way out, and it's deflected narrowly wide.

  • 3'

    Sagna and Davis clash heads in a midfield challenge - both look OK, if a touch dazed.

  • 3'

    It really is all Arsenal - Rickie Lambert tries to win the ball back for the home side, but they can hardly get a touch at the moment.

  • 2'

    An excellent challenge by Shaw stops Oxlade-Chamberlain in his tracks on the right-hand side of the Saints area.

  • 2'

    Podolski and Wilshere link. The visitors dominating the possession, but Saints get that ball clear.

  • 1'

    ...but Saints are improving steadily. They win the ball back, but Wilshere has it and Arsenal look to move down their right.

  •  

    Arsenal get the match under way. Their confidence could hardly be higher at the moment...

  •  

    Here come the players, and the final Premier League game of the year will soon be under way.

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    Last time out, Arsenal ran riot against Newcastle at the Emirates, scoring seven. When they played Southampton in North London earlier this season, they scored six.

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    And here's how Arsene Wenger's Gunners will line up: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott. Subs: Martinez, Mertesacker, Rosicky, Giroud, Ramsey, Coquelin, Gervinho.

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    Team news, starting with hosts Southampton: Boruc, Cork, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon, Steven Davis, Schneiderlin, Ramirez, Lambert, Do Prado. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Richardson, Mayuka, De Ridder.

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    Without wishing to tempt fate, this should be a good one - Southampton are much improved in recent weeks, while Arsenal have gone into a free-scoring frenzy.

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    Arsenal want Luke Shaw if reports are to be believed, but Saints won't want to sell.

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    Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain are former Saints.

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    Join us at 1730 GMT for commentary as Arsenal travel to Southampton.