The Gunners were unbeaten in their first three games and had yet to concede a goal whilst their newly promoted opponents had endured a difficult start to life back in the top-flight.
It didn’t get any better for Nigel Adkins’ men at the Emirates Stadium as they were comprehensively outplayed by the home side and found themselves behind after just 11 minutes courtesy of a Jos Hooiveld own goal. Hooiveld was hauled off a minute before the Gunners scored again just after the half hour mark with Lukas Podolski curling a stunning 25-yard free kick past the despairing Kelvin Davis.
That kicked off a spell that saw Arsene Wengers’ men score twice in two minutes with the first coming courtesy Gervinho’s fierce strike before Nathaniel Clyne turned Kieron Gibbs’ cross into his own net. However the Saints were to have the last word in the first half as a mistake from Wojciech Szczesny gifted Danny Fox the opportunity to reduce the deficit.
Despite their dominance in the opening forty-five minutes Arsenal took their foot off the gas after the break and almost allowed the visitors a route back into the game but the usually reliable Rickie Lambert dragged his effort wide. That scare prompted the hosts to take control once again and Gervinho was on hand to make it 5-1 tapping in from close range after Aaron Ramsey’s effort came back off the post.
Theo Walcott then came off the substitutes bench to apply the gloss with three minutes remaining latching onto Santi Cazorla’s through ball and finishing confidently past Davis to compound the misery of his former club who remain rock bottom.