• Szczesny makes errors for both goals
  • Mane and Tadic take advantage to score
  • Saints stay fourth, three points above Arsenal

Southampton punished two errors by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to stay fourth in the Premier League.

Szczesny raced from his goal in the first half to allow Sadio Mane to curl into an empty net from a narrow angle.

Saints' keeper Fraser Forster superbly saved from Alexis Sanchez before Szczesny kicked a loose ball while on the floor to Dusan Tadic, who poked in.

Southampton could have scored more, with Graziano Pelle's shot cleared off the line, as Arsenal stay fifth.

Saints' manager Ronald Koeman suggested his side could finish above Arsenal this week, a feat which seemed unlikely in the summer as almost £100m of players left.

A run of four league defeats from late November issued a reality check at the south coast club but dreams of a top-four finish once again seem realistic with 10 points taken from the last 12 on offer.

Saints in rare territory

Southampton started a calendar year in the top four in the Premier League for the first time since 1990.

Without the suspended Morgan Schneiderlin - a reported target for many teams in January - Koeman's side were solid all over the pitch, none more so than goalkeeper Forster, who saved brilliantly from Santi Cazorla and Sanchez either side of Mane's opener.

By contrast, Szczesny made errors which proved the difference between the teams.

First, the Poland keeper raced from his goal to confront Mane, but the Senegal striker - soon heading for the African Cup of Nations - curled in his third goal in as many games with a measured finish from the byline.

Sadio Mane

The Arsenal keeper then superbly denied James Ward-Prowse from 12 yards before the break, but panicked when grounded in his six-yard box before the hour mark and kicked a loose ball straight to Tadic, who scored his second Premier League goal.

The Arsenal keeper instantly sipped his sports bottle with a bemused look on his face. It was the seventh goal his side have conceded from an error this season - only Everton, with 11, have more.

The Gunners nearly added to that tally when Szczesny was sold short by a backpass and Mathieu Debuchy was left to clear Pelle's prod off the line.

The Italy striker had more shots than any other Premier League player in the first half of the season and also came close to adding to his eight league goals as he also struck the post in each half.

Arsenal, who suffered a first defeat in five league outings, had a strong case to be playing 10-men with a quarter remaining when Florin Gardos felled Sanchez as he raced through on goal.

Referee Craig Pawson issued only a yellow and although Arsenal introduced Theo Walcott for the first time since November, they barely threatened to reduce the arrears.

Graziano Pelle

Graziano Pelle had five attempts at goal, hitting the post twice and seeing one cleared off the line

Per Mertesacker lunged but could not keep out Sadio Mane's curled effort as Sczesny raced back

Per Mertesacker lunged but could not keep out Sadio Mane's curled effort as Sczesny raced back

Southampton score

Szczesny's second error landed at the feet of Dusan Tadic who scored his second league goal of the season

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger cut a frustrated figure on the touchline as his side struggled to hurt their hosts

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Southampton

  • 23 Forster
  • 17 Alderweireld
  • 06 Fonte
  • 05 Gardos Booked (Yoshida - 71' )
  • 21 Bertrand
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 12 Wanyama Booked
  • 11 Tadic (Long - 85' )
  • 10 Mané (Reed - 42' )
  • 08 Davis
  • 19 Pellè

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 03 Yoshida
  • 07 Long
  • 27 Isgrove
  • 28 Reed
  • 32 McCarthy
  • 33 Targett

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 02 Debuchy (Akpom - 84' )
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 03 Gibbs
  • 21 Chambers (Walcott - 60' )
  • 34 Coquelin Booked
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 07 Rosicky
  • 17 Sánchez

Substitutes

  • 14 Walcott
  • 18 Monreal
  • 26 Martinez
  • 28 Campbell
  • 38 Akpom
  • 39 Bellerin
  • 70 Maitland-Niles
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 31,492

Match Stats

Possession

41 59

Shots

13 11

On target

6 6

Corners

2 7

Fouls

14 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 2, Arsenal 0.

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Arsenal 0.

90:00 +1:32

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:32

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

90:00 +1:06

Offside, Southampton. Harrison Reed tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

88:10

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:10

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

85:47

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

84:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Dusan Tadic.

83:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Chuba Akpom replaces Mathieu Debuchy.

81:47

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:47

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

79:57

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

78:34

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:34

Foul by Harrison Reed (Southampton).

77:36

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

76:37

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

73:59 Booking

Booking Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:57

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

73:57

Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Maya Yoshida replaces Florin Gardos.

69:14

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.

67:50

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

66:52 Booking

Booking Florin Gardos (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:39

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:39

Foul by Florin Gardos (Southampton).

64:25

Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

62:10

Attempt missed. Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

60:34

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

60:31

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

59:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Theo Walcott replaces Calum Chambers.

58:59

Offside, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Mathieu Debuchy is caught offside.

57:07

Attempt missed. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

55:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Arsenal 0. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

54:46

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

54:46

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:05

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross.

53:06

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Steven Davis.

52:38

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

50:57

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

50:57

Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:15

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

47:10

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:10

Foul by Harrison Reed (Southampton).

45:38

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:38

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

45:29

Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 1, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +3:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 1, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +0:45

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

44:43

Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:43

Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Southampton).

42:47

Hand ball by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

41:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Harrison Reed replaces Sadio Mané because of an injury.

41:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

40:42

Delay in match Sadio Mané (Southampton) because of an injury.

39:47

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

39:45

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

38:55

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

38:06

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

38:06

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:40

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

37:40

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:29

Delay in match Sadio Mané (Southampton) because of an injury.

33:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Arsenal 0. Sadio Mané (Southampton) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

29:57

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:57

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

29:18

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Calum Chambers.

26:39

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

22:20 Booking

Booking Victor Wanyama (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:04

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:04

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

19:50

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

19:50

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:29

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.

16:38

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

14:25

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

13:51

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

13:51

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:02

Attempt saved. Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

10:27

Attempt blocked. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

10:03

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

10:03

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:14

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:14

Foul by Florin Gardos (Southampton).

7:56

Attempt saved. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

7:12

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Francis Coquelin.

6:16

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.

2:41

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

0:20

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:20

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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