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Barclays Premier League

Wednesday, 3 December 2014,

Arsenal
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Southampton
Kickoff: 20:45 BST, live coverage on BT Sport
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  • Stadium: Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance: 60,025
  • 89' Alexis Sánchez

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    Injuries still plague Arsenal

    Arsenal have concerns over defenders Nacho Monreal (knee) and Kieran Gibbs (ankle) as well as midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) ahead of Wednesday's Barclays Premier League clash against Southampton.

    Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hip) and captain Mikel Arteta (calf) are still out along with Theo Walcott (groin), Mesut Ozil (knee), Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), goalkeeper David Ospina (thigh) and Jack Wilshere (ankle).

    The pre-match talk has centred around Thierry Henry after manager Arsene Wenger revealed the Frenchman will "certainly" return to the club in some capacity in the future.

    Henry confirmed on Monday that he will leave the New York Red Bulls after four-and-a-half years with the Major League Soccer franchise, prompting speculation that a return to Arsenal could be in the offing.

    The Gunners' all-time record goal scorer has retained close links with the club since leaving for Barcelona in 2007 and trained at their Hertfordshire base before a brief loan spell during January 2012.

    Henry had hinted during a recent interview with French newspaper L'Equipe he could be interested in a future coaching role with the Gunners, and Wenger insisted on Tuesday that Henry's return is a certainty when asked about a reunion with the former France striker.

    "He is an Arsenal man. The best moment certainly of his life and of his career has been experienced here," Wenger said.

    "Certainly one day he will come back here. In what role I don't know, that is what he has to think about: what direction he wants to give to his next life."

    Influential holding midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will miss out for Southampton with a leg injury.

    The 25-year-old France international must undergo scans to determine the extent of the injury suffered in Sunday's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

    Ronald Koeman accepts Saints face a "difficult" challenge to cope without their "key player".

    France midfielder Schneiderlin hobbled out of Saints' 3-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester City at half-time on Sunday.

    The 25-year-old midfield lynchpin now faces scans on his right adductor, with manager Koeman admitting he does not know the severity of the problem.

    "Morgan's not ready for Wednesday because he needs a scan on his adductor, in his right leg," said Koeman.

    "Then we have to wait about the result of the scan.

    "For sure he isn't available for this Wednesday, but he'll have scans to find out exactly what happened.

    "It's too soon to know whether it's serious.

    "It's not too soon to say he can't play on Wednesday, but how long he will be out I don't know."

    Centre-back Toby Alderweireld could step up into midfield, or fit-again Jack Cork could start alongside Victor Wanyama at the Emirates Stadium.

    91'+4

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Southampton 0.

    91'+3

    Maya Yoshida (Southampton) Throw In at 94'

    91'+3

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Free Kick at 94'

    91'+2

    Foul by Sadio Mané (Southampton).

    91'+2

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 93'

    91'+2

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.

    91'+1

    Attempt missed. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

    91'+1

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 92'

    91'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

    91'

    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 91'

    91'

    Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a through ball.

    91'

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 91'

    89'

    1 - 0

    Goal! Arsenal 1, Southampton 0. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

    89'

    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 89'

    89'

    Maya Yoshida (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 88'

    87'

    Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lukas Podolski with a cross.

    87'

    Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 87'

    87'

    Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) Free Kick at 87'

    87'

    Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

    87'

    Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 87'

    87'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 86'

    86'

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 86'

    86'

    Fraser Forster (Southampton) Free Kick at 86'

    86'

    Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    84'

    Attempt saved. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

    84'

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 84'

    84'

    Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Free Kick at 84'

    83'

    Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

    82'

    Maya Yoshida (Southampton) Free Kick at 82'

    81'

    Substitution, Arsenal. Lukas Podolski replaces Danny Welbeck.

    81'

    Substitution, Southampton. Emmanuel Mayuka replaces Shane Long.

    80'

    Hand ball by Calum Chambers (Arsenal).

    79'

    Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Long.

    79'

    Shane Long (Southampton) Assists Shot at 79'

    79'

    Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

    79'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 79'

    78'

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Throw In at 78'

    78'

    Sadio Mane (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 78'

    77'

    Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

    77'

    Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) Assists Shot at 77'

    77'

    Victor Wanyama (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 77'

    76'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 76'

    76'

    Victor Wanyama

    76'

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    74'

    Fraser Forster (Southampton) Free Kick at 74'

    74'

    Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    73'

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Throw In at 73'

    73'

    Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 73'

    72'

    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Free Kick at 72'

    72'

    Hand ball by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

    72'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 72'

    71'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 71'

    71'

    Fraser Forster (Southampton) Free Kick at 71'

    71'

    Offside, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal tries a through ball, but Aaron Ramsey is caught offside.

    71'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 71'

    70'

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Throw In at 70'

    70'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.

    70'

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 70'

    70'

    Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

    70'

    Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a through ball.

    70'

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 70'

    69'

    Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

    69'

    Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 69'

    69'

    Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

    69'

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 69'

    68'

    Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Free Kick at 68'

    68'

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    68'

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 68'

    66'

    Sadio Mane (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 66'

    66'

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 66'

    65'

    Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    65'

    Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

    65'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 65'

    64'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 64'

    63'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 63'

    63'

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 63'

    62'

    Substitution, Southampton. Sadio Mané replaces Dusan Tadic.

    61'

    Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

    61'

    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 61'

    60'

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 60'

    60'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 60'

    59'

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Throw In at 59'

    58'

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 58'

    58'

    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 58'

    58'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

    57'

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Free Kick at 57'

    56'

    Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

    54'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Throw In at 54'

    53'

    Fraser Forster (Southampton) Free Kick at 53'

    53'

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    53'

    Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 53'

    51'

    Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Victor Wanyama following a fast break.

    51'

    Victor Wanyama (Southampton) Assists Shot at 51'

    51'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 51'

    51'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 51'

    50'

    Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 50'

    50'

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 50'

    49'

    Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

    49'

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Assists Shot at 49'

    49'

    Dusan Tadic (Southampton) Corner Kick at 49'

    49'

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Aaron Ramsey.

    48'

    Maya Yoshida (Southampton) Free Kick at 48'

    48'

    Offside, Arsenal. Emiliano Martinez tries a through ball, but Alexis Sánchez is caught offside.

    47'

    Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

    47'

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 47'

    47'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 47'

    46'

    Start 2nd Half

    46'+2

    Halftime

    46'+1

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Free Kick at 47'

    46'+1

    Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

    46'

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Throw In at 46'

    46'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

    46'

    Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 46'

    46'

    Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross.

    46'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 46'

    46'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 46'

    45'

    Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

    45'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 45'

    44'

    Attempt saved. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Victor Wanyama.

    44'

    Victor Wanyama (Southampton) Assists Shot at 44'

    44'

    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Free Kick at 44'

    43'

    Toby Alderweireld

    43'

    Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Southampton).

    43'

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 43'

    41'

    Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 41'

    41'

    Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 41'

    39'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 39'

    39'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 39'

    38'

    Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

    38'

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 38'

    37'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.

    37'

    Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 37'

    37'

    Emiliano Martinez (Arsenal) Free Kick at 37'

    37'

    Offside, Southampton. Dusan Tadic tries a through ball, but Graziano Pellè is caught offside.

    36'

    Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

    35'

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Throw In at 35'

    35'

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Throw In at 35'

    35'

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Throw In at 34'

    34'

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Free Kick at 34'

    33'

    Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    33'

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 33'

    32'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 32'

    29'

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 29'

    29'

    Substitution, Southampton. Maya Yoshida replaces Jack Cork.

    27'

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 27'

    26'

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 26'

    26'

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 26'

    26'

    Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 26'

    26'

    Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

    26'

    Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 26'

    23'

    Emiliano Martinez (Arsenal) Free Kick at 23'

    22'

    Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    22'

    Dusan Tadic (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 22'

    22'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 22'

    22'

    Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    21'

    Steven Davis (Southampton) Corner Kick at 21'

    21'

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Aaron Ramsey.

    21'

    Graziano Pelle (Southampton) Corner Kick at 21'

    21'

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Emiliano Martinez.

    20'

    Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

    20'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

    20'

    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 20'

    20'

    Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 20'

    18'

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 18'

    18'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 18'

    18'

    Jose Fonte (Southampton) Free Kick at 18'

    17'

    Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

    17'

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 17'

    16'

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Throw In at 16'

    16'

    Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross.

    16'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 16'

    15'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

    15'

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 15'

    15'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 15'

    14'

    Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Steven Davis with a headed pass.

    14'

    Steven Davis (Southampton) Assists Shot at 14'

    14'

    Dusan Tadic (Southampton) Throw In at 14'

    13'

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Throw In at 13'

    11'

    Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 11'

    11'

    Jack Cork (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 11'

    10'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 10'

    10'

    Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    10'

    Graziano Pelle (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 10'

    10'

    Graziano Pelle (Southampton) Throw In at 10'

    10'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 10'

    9'

    Dusan Tadic (Southampton) Throw In at 9'

    9'

    Dusan Tadic (Southampton) Throw In at 9'

    7'

    Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a through ball.

    7'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 7'

    7'

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 7'

    7'

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 7'

    4'

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 4'

    3'

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Throw In at 3'

    3'

    Jack Cork (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 3'

    3'

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Throw In at 3'

    1'

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Throw In at 1'

    1'

    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Free Kick at 1'

    1'

    Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

    1'

    Kickoff

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    Possession

    59%
    41%
    • Arsenal
    • Southampton

    Shots

    19
    6

    Shots on target

    8
    1

    Fouls

    7
    14

    Corners

    9
    4

    Yellow Cards

    0
    2

    Red Cards

    0
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    Head to Head

    Arsenal1 - 0Southampton
    Arsenal1 - 2Southampton
    Southampton2 - 2Arsenal
    Arsenal2 - 0Southampton
    Southampton1 - 1Arsenal
    Arsenal6 - 1Southampton

    Arsenal

    • 26Emiliano Martinez
    • 18Nacho Monreal
    • 21Calum Chambers
    • 6Laurent Koscielny
    • 4Per Mertesacker
    • 15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    • -> Olivier Giroud
    • 20Mathieu Flamini
    • 19Santi Cazorla
    • 16Aaron Ramsey
    • 17Alexis Sánchez
    • 23Danny Welbeck
    • -> Lukas Podolski
    • Subs
    • 49Matthew Macey
    • 22Yaya Sanogo
    • 7Tomas Rosicky
    • 39Hector Bellerin
    • 3Kieran Gibbs

    Southampton

    • 23Fraser Forster
    • 21Ryan Bertrand
    • 2Nathaniel Clyne
    • 6Jose Fonte
    • 17Toby Alderweireld
    • 8Steven Davis
    • 18Jack Cork
    • -> Maya Yoshida
    • 19Graziano Pelle
    • 11Dusan Tadic
    • -> Sadio Mane
    • 7Shane Long
    • -> Emmanuel Mayuka
    • 12Victor Wanyama
    • Subs
    • 33Matt Targett
    • 28Harrison Reed
    • 5Florin Gardos
    • 1Kelvin Davis

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    Arsenal 1-0 Southampton

    Alexis Sanchez fired Arsenal to a late 1-0 victory over Southampton at the Emirates Stadium to narrow the gap on the Barclays Premier League top four to two points.

    Sanchez drilled home Aaron Ramsey's pass in the 88th minute following a frantic passage of play with the Gunners taking full advantage of Saints having been reduced to 10 men.

    When Toby Alderweireld went off injured in the last 10 minutes, Southampton had already made all three permitted substitutions and as they became stretched Arsenal pounced.

    Few chances fell at either end in an uninspiring first half that did little to alleviate the chill in north London with Saints striker Graziano Pelle guilty of one glaring miss from close range.

    Southampton were livelier after the interval, attacking with greater intent than their strangely subdued opponents, whose quest to narrow the gap on the top four lacked urgency on a night of high frustration for home supporters.

    The 65th-minute arrival of Olivier Giroud lifted Arsenal, although the substitution was not without controversy as Arsene Wenger's decision to sacrifice the lively Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was met with boos.

    Santi Cazorla had endured an error-prone night, but it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who made way in a performance that will only provide further ammunition to critics who believe the club is stagnating under Wenger.

    Giroud was denied with three minutes to go after Southampton keeper Fraser Foster palmed his header to safety, but seconds later Sanchez plundered the winner as Saints cracked under the pressure.

    Arsenal had the first chance as a perfectly-weighted pass from Cazorla sent Danny Welbeck goalbound but the England marksman could only find the side-netting from a tight angle.

    Southampton were then left wondering how they had failed to take the lead when Pelle blasted a close-range shot over the crossbar after combining with Steven Davis on the edge of the area.

    Arsenal were playing with fire as Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Flamini combined to set up a panicky back-pass that left Emiliano Martinez with little margin for error as he cleared.

    It was then the turn of Saints to panic as Cazorla opened up their defence only for Oxlade-Chamberlain to direct his shot straight at Forster.

    A mix-up at the near post created the narrowest of openings for Welbeck but his backheel struck the side-netting one more.

    Forster plucked a floating free-kick by Cazorla out of the air as Arsenal probed once more against opponents they were finding difficult to break down.

    Cazorla, Sanchez and Oxlade-chamberlain dazzled on approach into the area, but the final pass was repeatedly blocked, while at the other end Pelle was Saints' main troublemaker.

    The strength of Victor Wanyama dispossessed Sanchez on the halfway line and the Kenyan midfielder had the wits to find Pelle, who tested Forster from 25 yards out.

    Only Forster's fingertip save of a deflected header by Welbeck kept the ball out of the net as play swept to the other end.

    Southampton made the brighter start to the second half as Pelle saw a shot blocked by Laurent Koscielny before Shane Long butchered a great chance after Arsenal had opened up on the counter.

    Giroud, who had been replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain in the starting line-up, stepped off the bench as Wenger sought to ignite his team and among the Frenchman's first touches was one to force a save by Forster.

    Arsenal now had discovered some energy and they fashioned another chance with Sanchez picking out Welbeck only for the alert Forster to intervene once more.

    The draw looked to be within Saints' grasp, only for Alderweireld's exit to leave them exposed with Sanchez landing the killer blow.

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