Pitch invader takes Arsenal shirt before slip sees him tackled by stewards

A lucky Arsenal fan was handed Takehiro Tomiyasu's shirt after running onto the pitch following their Premier League win over Southampton – but was then tackled by stewards.

The Gunners, who were without club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following "disciplinary breach" according to Mikel Arteta, cruised to victory with two early goals.

Japan defender Tomiyasu played the full 90 minutes as Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel found the back of the net against a lacklustre away side.

Following the three points, a spectator sprinted into the playing surface past unaware security staff as they tried to stop another fan from getting close to the players.

After he hugged Tomiyasu and was handed his shirt, the lad skipped away from staff before the wet surface saw him lose his footing on the way back to the stands.

He was then escorted off the pitch, while clutching onto his prize from the day.

During the encounter, 40-year-old Willy Caballero who had only joined the Saints earlier this week had a nightmare debut with Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster both sidelined.

Lacazette's fine opener was added to by Odegaard's header, with Gabriel nodding home from a corner to score the points in the second half.

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Arteta said of his side taking an early lead: "We needed that.

"As I said we started a little bit nervy, we could not break the press and we gave some dangerous balls away in key zones where normally against them you get punished.

"We got away with that situation. And then the team showed a different level, the confidence started to grow, we started to play better and better and we managed to dominate the game."

And adding of their second-half dominance: "Yes and that's what we have to do more often and more consistently.

"That's what we want to do and how we want to play, but to do that you have to have the right possibilities to arrive in the final third with our set up.

"And the threat we had today, to have the right intentions, to be vertical with our attack and to take risks and be a threat on goal."

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