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Saturday, January 31, 1998 Published at 19:18 GMT

Sport: Football

Southampton blitzed by Arsenal
image: [ Dennis Bergkamp began the seven-minute blitz ]
Dennis Bergkamp began the seven-minute blitz

Arsenal scored three goals in seven minutes to see off stubborn Southampton at Highbury.

Dennis Bergkamp raced through, ignoring Saints' appeals for offside, to bury Steve Bould's pass for his 15th goal of the season, ending more than an hour of frustration for the Gunners.

The "flash flood" of goals is described by BBC Radio 5 Live's John Drury (0'-50")
Arsenal skipper Tony Adams and teenage French striker Nicolas Anelka added two more to bury the struggling Saints.

Adams notched his first of the season with a trademark header from Emmanuel Petit's 67th-minute corner.

Barely 90 seconds later, Anelka was left with a simple tap-in after a pass between Bergkamp and Marc Overmars.

There could have been more before the end with Southampton's heroic goalkeeper Roger Jones somehow defying a blistering Bergkamp shot and then Overmars hitting a post.

But Arsenal's performance was enough to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches and encourage hopes that they might still have a say in the premiership title race after Manchester United's slip against Leicester.

But they will be without Adams for two matches in a fortnight's time after he was booked in the first-half for the fifth time in eight games, this time for a foul on Southampton winger Duncan Spedding.


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