Arsenal player ratings vs Southampton: Gabriel flops; Saka impresses

Not a great night for the German, who was chipped by Theo Walcott for Southampton’s goal in the first-half.

A fairly solid performance in the absence of Hector Bellerin, but nothing special. Feels like a missed opportunity for him.

Probably the best of Arsenal’s defenders. Distribution was better than most and helped Arsenal weather the storm at the end. Hit the bar late on.

His worst performance in an Arsenal shirt to date. Never looked comfortable all night and was sent off around the hour mark after getting his second yellow card.

Struggled a bit with the pace of Walcott, who was impressive. Recovered, though, and was better in the second-half.

Form has dropped off from the start of the season and he struggled again tonight as Southampton ran the midfield.

Hooked after just over an hour and did not have a great game. Wasted a golden chance in the first-half when he went down claiming for a penalty.

A couple of nice flicks and tricks, but not the end product Arsenal needed tonight. Willian will be fighting for his place at Everton.

Didn’t have masses of joy playing up front. Linked up nicely for the goal and pressed Saints’ defence all night.

Produced some brilliant play in the build-up to Arsenal’s goal and was his team’s best player, as is often the case.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 6

Took his goal well to finally end his drought. The relief on his face said it all. Arsenal will hope it is the first of many more.

David Luiz (Nketiah 65’) 6

Came on when Gabriel was sent off and helped Arsenal see out the game. An important cameo.

Joe Willock (Ceballos 67’) 5

Provided some legs in the midfield, who came in handy as the Gunners were up against it late on.

Cedric Soares (Pepe 85’) N/A

Subs not used: Runarsson, Mustafi, Lacazette, Willian.

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