Fraser Forster on fire for Southampton at Arsenal

Thursday 04 Dec 2014
Forster looks to block a Danny Welbeck shot at the Emirates

Three Lions 'keeper Fraser Forster was the clear man-of-the-match in Southampton's narrow defeat at Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Forster made a series of great stops throughout the game but his best came from England team-mate  and Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, who rose well to head on a Santi Cazorla cross and seemed set to score his 12th goal of the season just before half time. But Forster reacted superbly to tip the ball over the bar.

Welbeck always looked the most likely player to score in an Arsenal side that included fellow England men Calum Chambers and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

Fraser Forster

Forster was in impressive form against Arsenal

And Forster was also at his best to deny French international forward Olivier Giroud twice and Welbeck again after the break.

The former Celtic stopper was finally beaten by a messy Arsenal goal in the 89th minute, when he was helpless to keep out Alexis Sanchez from close range.

Southampton's former England Under-21 midfielder Jack Cork limped off after 30 minutes and must now be considered an injury doubt for their match against Manchester United next Monday.

Cork's former Under-21 squad-mate Ryan Bertrand and England international Nathaniel Clyne were in action for the Saints too.

Across London, England manager Roy Hodgson was at Stamford Bridge to witness another Under-21 ace, striker Harry Kane, as the stand-out player for Tottenham Hotspur in their 3-0 defeat at Chelsea.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was typically brave after he played 40 minutes of the match with a big bump on his head, after an accidentally early clash with Spurs' rival centre-back Jan Vertonghen.

Cahill made it to half time and was then substituted by manager Jose Mourinho with Chelsea already comfortably two ahead.

By FA Staff