Arsenal 5-0 smash Saints to advance

Claude Puel's decision to leave several of his best players out of the squad was obviously due to Tuesday's game against Swansea City, but it was a choice that backfired with terrible consequences. Arsenal ran riot all over the pitch from start to finish, with the hosts' defence constantly failing to deal with their opponents. Welbeck, Walcott and, later, Sanchez were in all excellent form, and time and time again the Saints were completely clueless as to how to deal with their pace and skill.

14'Chance for Arsenal! Bellerin is easily able to skip down the right flank before firing a low cross into the middle of the Southampton. It's poorly hit by the Spaniard, however, resulting in the ball rolling into the hands of Lewis before it can find Perez in front of goal.
15'Goal Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck 
GOAL! Wonderful play by Arsenal! Ashley Maitland-Niles breaks forward before picking out Perez with a deft pass up to the edge of the Southampton penalty area. With his back to goal, the Spaniard cleverly flicks the ball round the corner and into the path of Welbeck, who easily beats both Jack Stephens and Martina before chipping a delightful shot into the back of the net.

22'Goal Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck 
GOAL! It's 2-0 to Arsenal! Oxlade-Chamberlain receives possession on the halfway line and immediately fires a brilliant lofted pass over the top of the Southampton defence and into the path of Welbeck. The striker skips past Stephens far too easily before bringing the ball down with a wonderful touch, and he then slots a lovely shot through the legs of Lewis.

35'Goal Theo Walcott 
GOAL! Arsenal are running riot! The Southampton defence are all over the place as they lose the ball over on the right wing. Arsenal break forward quickly before Perez tees up Welbeck once again, and the striker is then able to set up Walcott with a cross that is easily poked into the back of the net from close range.

45'+2'What an opportunity for Sims! Gibbs is caught sleeping on the ball on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area, allowing Martina to dispossess him before setting up Sims. The youngster's first touch is poor, however, and he ends up poking the ball away from him before Walcott deals with the danger.
69'Goal Theo Walcott 
GOAL! It's 4-0! Bellerin breaks down the right wing on a marauding run before teeing up Sanchez. The Chilean makes a great dart into the Southampton penalty area and picks up the ball near to the byline, and he then spins to find Walcott. The forward is in a pocket of space in the middle of the box and quickly shoots, and his strike is easily able to find the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

84'Goal Theo Walcott 
GOAL! Walcott has his hat-trick! A half-hearted Southampton attack comes to an end, and Arsenal immediately hit them on a quick counter. Perez blasts the ball down the pitch and into the path of Sanchez, who holds the ball up well on the edge of the box before teeing up Walcott, who is then easily able to slot a shot past the leg of Lewis.

Source: All Football

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