Arsenal 2 Southampton 1
Koscielny 29, Cazorla 94 pen, Cech 18 og

Arsenal secured back to back Premier League wins for the first time this season after a late late penalty winner by Santi Cazorla. Substitute Olivier Giroud was scythed down by Jose Fonte as he reacted to reach a loose ball and referee Bobby Madley had no hesitation in pointing at the spot. Just like he did at Watford, Cazorla struck straight down the middle as Fraser Forster took off to his left. The 94th minute winner was just deserts for an Arsenal side who had gone a goal down from Petr Cech’s own goal after Dusan Tadic’s free kick. The rebound was cruel for Cech as hit his net after the Arsenal keeper had gotten a glove to the shot. The Gunners’ leveller came from Laurent Koscielny’s spectacular first half scissors kick. Celebrating his 31st birthday today, Koscielny turned away to celebrate a deserved equaliser. Both sides continued with some decent high paced stuff, but Arsenal held firm and Cazorla won it late on for the Gunners.

Arsenal gave debuts to new signings Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi in an attack minded line up which had Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Lucas in advanced roles. Both new signings eventually came to grips with the Premier League conditions, Mustafi looked at ease alongside Koscielny and even raced away on the left to cross dangerously in the first half. Lucas was all flicks and tricks, which looked good, but didn’t actually advance the team in attack, although the former Deportivo La Coruna man did get some aerial purchase on a Nacho Monreal cross but without troubling Forster’s net.

Alongside a more defensive minded Cazorla who has developed a welcomed and key tackling game, Francis Coquelin went about his energetic bursts in both directions of the pitch. The surprise of the half actually came when Cazorla was given a yellow card for something said to the referee as the inventive Saints went about their pressing game. Nathan Redmond and Tadic proved to be a handful as the Gunners rearguard was put through its paces, and it was to be the visitors who took the lead.

Monreal impeded Redmond as the Saints’ man skipped his way along the Arsenal 18 yard line. The resultant free kick was in dangerous territory, but Cech flung himself to his right and got his giant palm to stop the ball going into his net. The ball however bounced in on the rebound off the prone body of the Arsenal ‘keeper and Southampton had taken the lead

Walcott now on his wide playing role was full of running and helping out ahead of Hector Bellerin in defence. The England man did see a header go high over Forster’s goal from Cazorla’s cross, but his seems a more supportive role of late. The Gunners surged forwards and mounted attack after attack, but desperate Saints defending kept them at bay. That was all to change when Koscielny’s spectacular overhead kick beat Forster just on the half hour mark. On his 31st birthday, the Arsenal captain for the day had the perfect moment to celebrate.

Arsenal sensed more goals. Walcott crossed for Oxlade-Chamberlain to control for a volley which was deflected for a corner.

Arsenal emerged with more intent after the break and Forster’s time wasting antics saw him see yellow. The England man was lucky his reaction didn’t see the referee take matters even further as the giant stopper fumed at the decision.

After 55 minutes, Walcott and and Özil combined on the right, but at pace Özil couldn’t his get shot away following a swift break. It was one of the few things Özil got wrong all game.

Southampton remained calm and at 1-1 very much remaind in the game, despite huge Gunners’ pressure. Only Cazorla’s alert back tracking and block as Redmond sensed a through ball prevented more pressure on Cech’s goal just on the hour mark.

Another move and this time the advanced Bellerin rifled just wide as Arsenal continued to attack.

After 62 minutes a double substitution as Giroud came on for Perez with Alexis Sanchez replacing Oxlade-Chamberlain. Five minutes later however and substitute Shane Long and Tadic almost put the visitors ahead again, but Long curled wide. A minute later and back came Arsenal. Özil’s clever reverse pass sets up Alexis but the Chilean who only returned from international duty of Friday, shot high when when well placed

With fifteen minutes to go, Arsene Wenger replaced Walcott with Alex Iwobi and that was the last thing a tiring Saints rearguard needed. Iwobi was pace and control personified as the Gunners set about finding a winner.

A poor Saints’s clear out found Alexis. He fed Cazorla whose cut back couldn’t find Giroud who had slipped at the crucial time. With ten minutes remaining, Iwobi’s drive set up Monreal, but the Spain defender saw his goal bound effort deflected for a corner.

Saints substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg then saw his effort saved with Long’s follow up deflected for a corner, as the visitors also sensed another goal.

With five minutes remaining, Cazorla crossed for Giroud who made contact, but could only steer the ball wide of Forster’s upright with his header.

When Koscielny seemed to be caught in another Gunners foray, he lay in the Saints’ box as play continued around him. In came the ball and as Giroud tried to react, he was scythed down by Fonte. A penalty was awarded and after what seemed like an age, up stepped Cazorla to strike the winner and claim all the points for the Gunners