Southampton opened their preparations for the 2018-19 Premier League season with a 3-2 win over Chinese club Jiangsu Suning on Wednesday afternoon.
Manolo Gabbiadini, Nathan Redmond and Sam Gallagher were on the scoresheet as the Premier League outfit began their pre-season with a victory.
It was a positive 90 minutes for the Saints, and the club’s supporters were keen to pay tribute to summer arrival Stuart Armstrong, who provided a wonderful assist for Gabbiadini to make the breakthrough.
Armstrong is a recent arrival from Celtic, and has already been tipped by the Southampton fans to play a key role for the English outfit.
The midfielder was named in a strong starting XI, and did not take long to make his mark.
Saints boss Mark Hughes has already added some exciting players this summer, and the club are said to be far from finished as they look to avoid a repeat of last season.
A selection of the Twitter reaction to Armstrong’s performance can be seen below:
Loving Stuart Armstrong’s deliveries and passing. Looks quality. Great run and finish by gabbi too
— Jamie (@jamie17saints) July 11, 2018
Stuart Armstrong is our best player already. Sound. #saintsfc
— Connor ➹ (@PickyConnor) July 11, 2018
Big up Stuart Armstrong for that delivery to Gabbiadini for the finish.
— JDeleay (@JDeleay) July 11, 2018
— columbo Ⓥ (@t0mbstoneblues) July 11, 2018
Lovely assist that from Armstrong?? loving him in the advanced role.. #saintsfc
— Nathan Thomas (@Nathanthomasj) July 11, 2018
I’m liking Armstrong very much indeed so far
— Nige (@Baldsaint) July 11, 2018
Great ball by Armstrong and finish by Gabbiadini ? #saintsfc
— Jay??????? (@NorwegianMessi) July 11, 2018