The Gunners entered the game buoyed by news that Tottenham had lost to Brighton in the midday kick-off.
Arsenal, however, failed to capitalize on Spurs’ dropped points as they were beaten 1-0 by Southampton.
Jan Bednarek scored the game’s only goal just before half-time and Arsenal have now lost three Premier League games in a row.
Simon Collings was at St. Mary’s to see Arsenal in action…
Aaron Ramsdale 5
I didn’t really have masses to do in the afternoon. Perhaps a little disappointed to have been beaten at his near post for the Saints goal.
Had a pretty awful game on his return to Southampton. Set pieces were particularly poor as he wasted two good chances.
Ben White 5
Not a good afternoon for the central defender. Unlucky with the goal as he appeared to be injured off the pitch before returning.
Slightly better than his centre-back, but not by much. Handled Armando Broja well and handled the physical battle.
Trusted Arteta to get back into the starting XI and did pretty well. Kept it simple and didn’t try to overplay.
Albert Sambi Lokonga 6
Had a solid game at the base of midfield. Will never replace what Thomas Partey can offer, but has performed better than most today.
Xhaka Granite 6
A solid performance from the Swiss midfielder, who looked happier in midfield after playing at left-back last week. Ended the match in a back-three.
Bukayo Saka 5
A rare day off for the English international. Missed a golden chance in the first half when Fraser Forster denied it from close range.
Martin Odegaard 5
Didn’t influence the game like he usually does and his bond with Saka wasn’t as smooth as it could be. A frustrating performance.
Gabriel Martinelli 5
Started the game on the right wing but finished it at left-back as Arsenal pressed for a goal.
Eddie Nketiah 6
Given a rare departure in the absence of Alexandre Lacazette, released with the Covid-19. Offered a lot of energy and a threat behind.
Emile Smith Rowe (Cedric 59′) 6
I came and had a pretty good game. Went close with a close range effort, which Forster saved well.
Nicolas Pepe (Nuno 70′) 5
For the last 20 minutes as Arteta tried everything to score a goal. However, I couldn’t tell the difference.
Unused subtitles: Leno, Holding, Ogungbo, Swanson, Elneny, Azeez, Hutchinson.