Dec 26, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at ​St Mary's Stadium
Southampton
4-0
Arsenal
Martina (19'), Long (55', 92'), Fonte (69')
Long (34')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Ronald Koeman hails "perfect" Southampton after Arsenal rout

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman claims that his side put in a "perfect performance" on their way to a 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal at St Mary's.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has described his side's performance during their 4-0 drubbing of Arsenal this evening as "perfect".

The Saints went into the match having failed to win any of their last six games, but they swept the Premier League title favourites aside at St Mary's on Boxing Day.

Koeman publicly criticised his players after last weekend's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, and he hinted that the decision to do so may have elicited a response from his side.

"It was a fantastic performance against a good Arsenal team - that's a big compliment to the players. We caused them lots of problems up front through Mane and Long. Perfect performance today," he told BT Sport.

"Normally I keep criticism of my players inside but sometimes people need to know what the manager is thinking. We showed fantastic belief in everybody and showed how good we are today if we play at our level.

"The second half was far better than the first, some good goals and maybe more chances to score more."

Southampton remain in 12th place despite the victory, while Arsenal are still second having missed the chance to move top of the pile.

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