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Arsenal hand pointless Saints 6-1 drubbing

Published on Sep 16, 2012 6:59 AM
Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (second right) looks on as Southampton's Joe Hooiveld (right) scores an own goal during their English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London Sept 15, 2012.-- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal taught Southampton a harsh lesson about the realities of life in the Premier League by hammering them 6-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Ivory Coast international Gervinho led the rout with two goals while Lukas Podolski's effort, a late Theo Walcott strike and two own goals continued an unbeaten start to the season for Arsene Wenger's side.

Southampton had to make do with a consolation from Daniel Fox after a terrible blunder from Wojceich Szczesny but manager Nigel Adkins will know he has plenty to do to lift his players after they were comprehensively outclassed.

Defeat left the newly promoted Saints rooted to the bottom of the table and the only team in the league without a point after four straight defeats.

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