Ten-man Southampton suffered their first defeat since returning to Premier League action with a 2-0 home loss to Arsenal.
Despite a bright start from the Saints, Arsenal had an early goal correctly disallowed due to an offside against Bukayo Saka.
The Gunners then had another opportunity to break the deadlock with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang striking the crossbar when played 1-on-1 with Alex McCarthy.
The visitors did then take the lead on 20 minutes as Eddie Nketiah pounced on a dreadful mistake from McCarthy, who simply passed it straight at the Arsenal forward.
Southampton’s usual pressing and high tempo were slightly lacking at St Mary’s, possibly down to the incredibly warm temperatures on the south coast.
Chances were few and far between in the second half with the hosts controlling possession while the visitors were threatening on the break.
Stuart Armstrong had a couple of speculative attempts that failed to trouble the Arsenal goal, Nathan Redmond struck an effort into the side netting and Shane Long was denied by Emiliano Martínez.
Southampton’s hopes of restoring parity were extinguished when Jack Stephens got himself sent off for denying a goal-scoring opportunity before Joe Willock immediately doubled Arsenal’s lead.
This result leaves Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side in 14th place in the Premier League on 37 points, 10 points clear of the bottom three and five adrift of the top-half.
Here’s how we rated the Saints players:
Alex McCarthy: 2
It’s hard to give more to someone who almost single-handedly cost his side a point.
We questioned McCarthy’s kicking on Friday and today it proved costly with a howler that resulted in the opening goal, while he will also have been disappointed to spill the ball for the second.
Yan Valery: 3
Unfortunately, it was another disappointing performance from Valery who currently seems bereft of confidence.
A lot of Arsenal’s joy was coming down their left-hand side with the young right-back getting caught out on numerous occasions.
As a result, Valery was understandably subbed for Kyle Walker-Peters at half-time. Right-back remains a problem area for Hasenhuttl.
Jack Stephens: 4
It’s fair to say that Stephens struggled against the pacy Arsenal front line and that was illustrated by his rash challenge which saw the 26-year old given his marching orders – although he was unlucky with the ball given to him by Hojbjerg.
He did, however, produce an excellent ball over the top for Shane Long that the striker failed to convert. He’ll be missed a lot when he’s suspended.
Jan Bednarek: 7
Overall, Bednarek was often vital in preventing the visitors getting more joy than they ultimately did.
The centre-back made a number of crucial interceptions, including one early in the second-half that almost went into his own net – but without that touch, it could well have been an Arsenal second.
Ryan Bertrand: 7
Bertrand was one of the best Saints players on the pitch at St Mary’s.
His option on the overlap proved a decent outlet for Southampton along with his link-up play with Nathan Redmond that often got them in behind, while his distribution from the back was impressive too.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: 4
It’s a credit to Hojbjerg that he’s still continuing to be picked and putting in solid performances despite the ongoing speculation with regards to his future.
However, despite a decent enough opening 80 minutes, his sloppy ball resulted in Stephens’ dismissal before he the limped off late on.
James Ward-Prowse: 5
Ward-Prowse wasn’t as impressive at St Mary’s as he was at Carrow Road and his influence on the game was noticeably lower.
He’ll be hoping to have more of a say at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
Stuart Armstrong: 5
Decent, if unspectacular for the Scottish international.
Armstrong certainly didn’t have his usual crisp touch and nice interchange but he tried his best to force through an equaliser with a couple of speculative efforts.
Nathan Redmond: 5
Everything was in front of Southampton this evening and that normally places a bigger reliance on players like Redmond to find gaps and run into them.
Although, there were a couple of threatening moments for the winger, he’d have been disappointed not to exploit the rusty Gunners defence.
Michael Obafemi: 4
When you compare the two starting strikers’ performances, it was clear to see how much fitter Ings is and how much more he fits the system than Obafemi.
The youngster was pretty anonymous in the first-half which led to him being replaced for Shane Long at half-time.
Danny Ings: 6
It was another committed outing for Saints’ top scorer, even if it didn’t bring the same rewards.
However, he seemed to be working more on scraps this evening which made it difficult for him to add to his 16 Premier League goals already scored this season.
Ings did look slightly leggy late on with the extreme heat potentially affecting him.
Kyle Walker-Peters (sub): 6
The side looked immediately more assured with Walker-Peters in it after a couple of promising early touches.
That continued throughout much of the second-half with his only real drawback being that he didn’t really know what to do with the ball when placed in an attacking position.
Shane Long (sub): 5
Although, it was a similarly quiet outing for Long, he definitely added more of an outlet – most notably when he was well picked out in behind before his shot was kept out by Martinez.