OLIVIER GIROUD got here off the bench to rescue some extent at Arsenal as they appeared to be heading for one more tame defeat.
Arsene Wenger’s aspect had produced an insipid show within the South Coast chill and Charlie Austin’s third minute aim noticed Saints edging in the direction of three factors.
However French striker Giroud climb highest to look in a header on 87 minutes to pressure the draw and deny Mauricio Pellegrino’s aspect the win.
Austin loves enjoying towards Arsenal.
The Southampton striker was making his third begin towards Wenger’s crew and for the third time, discovered the web in what proved to be the winner.
Southampton couldn’t have wished for a greater begin, scoring after little greater than two minutes – and that proved to be the important thing.
Per Mertesacker misplaced possession, Dusan Tadic performed a intelligent by the defence,
Austin was simply onside and forward of Nacho Monreal, earlier than flicking the ball previous Petr Cech’s left arm.
It was his fourth aim in 4 video games.
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Austin might have scored once more a few minutes later with Arsenal nonetheless trying a multitude defensively. Tadic as soon as once more cut up open the visiting defence however Cech saved impressively.
Austin was inflicting full mayhem, despite the fact that he was additionally caught offside on a few events.
Arsenal took 16 minutes to handle an assault however Alexandre Lacazette shot straight at Fraser Forster however no less than they acquired again into the sport.
Lacazette then appeared sure to attain in a shocking counter assault – he actually ought to have equalised – however Pierre-Emile Holbjerg confirmed some actual guts and took the ball off the Frenchman’s foot.
Forster, who has rightly obtained some current criticism from Saints followers for his current performances, pulled off a wonderful save together with his proper hand to maintain out a drive from Aaron Ramsey
Lacazette was caught by Maya Yoshida inside the world however there have been no claims and Southampton could have been blissful to get down the tunnel at half-time nonetheless main.
Southampton defended heroically at instances with Jack Stephens delivering a very good problem on Sead Kolasinac.
It was actually a good recreation to look at and though Southampton threatened much less within the second half, Romeu delivered a strong shot which hammered towards the crossbar.
Within the 64th minute, Wenger changed Danny Welbeck for Mertesacker but it was Southampton who ought to have scored however the probability fell to Ryan Bertrand and his shot trickled previous the submit.
Jack Wilshere, though but to begin a Premier League recreation for the Gunners, changed Granit Xhaka and Wenger accomplished all three of is subs within the 72nd minute with Giroud approaching for Lacazette.
And that final throw of the cube paid dividends for Wenger as Giroud made the very important influence with three minutes left of regular time.