Arsenal’s three star performers against Southampton – agreed?

Arsenal finally picked up their first home victory of the season with a 2-1 victory over Claude Puel’s Southampton side.

Wenger’s men had to dig deep and grind out a result against the Saints as a 94th minute penalty from Santi Cazorla proved decisive.

It’s now two wins from two from Arsenal after previously picking up just one point from their opening two matches. After going from a goal behind Arsenal showed character and resilience to come back and secure the victory – even if it was in the 94th minute and with the help of a controversial penalty.

A Petr Cech own goal was cancelled out by a superb Laurent Koscielny bicycle-kick. Constant Arsenal pressure was then rewarded when referee Bobby Madley blew for a penalty with Santi Cazorla converting to give Arsenal the three points.

But these were the three players that were instrumental in Arsenal’s victory…

Laurent Koscielny


Where would Arsenal be without this man in recent seasons? Another warrior-esque performance from the France international who scored arguably the goal of his career on Saturday.

It wasn’t just his superb finish that ensures his place in the top three, because without him on Saturday, Southampton may have had a comfortable win at the Emirates.

A nasty eye injury at the end of the game added to their already increasing injury worries.

Shkodran Mustafi

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A solid debut from the German international who already looks comfortable at the heart of the Arsenal back four.

Very competitive and quick to engage in the physicality of the league, Mustafi looks exactly like the centre-back Arsenal have been missing for a number of years.

It looks as though he won’t need any settling in phase much to Wenger’s delight undoubtedly.

Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla

Like a fine wine, Santi Cazorla seems to be getting better with age. A tidy performance that seen him control the tempo of the game from a central midfield position.

His last minute goal added to the already impressive 90 minutes Cazorla undertook – not bad for a player who was so badly injured last season.