Southampton 1-1 Arsenal

  • Southampton suffer late disappointment as Arsenal strike late to secure draw.
  • Saints got off to a flyer when Charlie Austin netted after three minutes.
  • Mauricio Pellegrino's men could have been further in front as arsenal toiled woefully.
  • Arsene Wenger's side eventually rallied and got their reward through Giroud.
  • Southampton: Forster, Stephens, van Dijk, Yoshida(c), Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Bertrand, Tadic, Redmond, Austin.
  • Arsenal: Čech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Alexis, Lacazette.
Olivier Giroud

Full-Time: Southampton 1-1 Arsenal

Austin's early opener is cancelled out by Giroud's late header. Saints could have been further in front after performing excellently in the first half, but the Gunners, who defended woefully at times, will take a point in the circumstances.


Ramsey tries to flick the ball goal wards but his effort crawls into Forster's gloves.


Southampton coming forward in hope of a late winner but Arsenal look comfortable enough.

Ramsey seems to be in some discomfort, looks like a hamstring problem.


Sanchez's delicate cross is deftly headed by Giroud, who beats Forster to bring Arsenal back on level terms. A major blow for the Saints, who had looked rather comfortable.


GOAL! Southampton 1-1 Arsenal (Giroud)


Austin receives rapturous applause as he is replaced by Gabbiadini with just five minute left.


Wilshere caught late by Romeu, who receives a yellow card for his troubles.

Ozil and Sanchez look over the free-kick. The latter takes, and his effort has to be beaten away by Forster.


Ozil's awful corner is headed away, before the resulting looping ball from the second phase is collected by Forster.

Saints come forward with little intent and are seemingly happy to tick down the seconds in Arsenal's half. Gabbiadini now coming on as Stephens is booked for time wasting.


Boufal skips past Bellerin before being hauled down by the Spaniard, who inevitably picks up a yellow card.


Boufal is introduced for Nathan Redmond as we approach the final 15 minutes at the St Mary's.

Not much in the way of clear cut chances in recent minutes - the Saints have won a free-kick after Welbeck fouled Van Dijk.


A bit of sustained Arsenal pressure results in a corner, which is cleared, before Monreal's curled effort evades Forster's post.

Second Arsenal change - Xhaka off for Wilshere.


Bertrand wastes a glorious chance to make it 2-0. Tadic plays a wonderful reverse pass for Bertrand, who escapes the defender but fails to direct his shot on goal. What a huge moment that could be.


Romeu cracks the crossbar with a lovely driven effort!

Bertrand feeds the Spaniard, who is given all the time in the world to get a shot off. Romeu takes up the invitation and beats Cech, but he can't find the top corner.


Ozil shifts the ball wide to Kolasinac as Arsenal adopt a patient approach.

Ozil then feeds Ramsey, who is slipped through again by Sanchez, but Saints clear.


Kolasinac surges through Southampton but is topped in his tracks by Ward-Prowse. Arsenal come again through Ramsey, whose cross-cum-shot just evades Lacazette and the post.


All Arsenal so far. Probing, but no penetration. Southampton have started sloppily, giving the ball away far too cheaply.


Back underway for the second half at the St Mary's.


Lacazette's been in the wars.

Alexandre Lacazette


Damning from Arsenal's social media team.


Half-time: Southampton 1-0 Arsenal

Austin's early strike gives the Saints a half-time lead. The forward could have had more to his name as he looked to punish Arsenal's shambolic defending, but the visitors were denied excellently by Forster as they tried to find a way back into the match.

Saints deservedly lead. Will Wenger's men respond?


Austin tries to turn provider as he dinks a ball to the back stick. His cross is just cut out, and Mertesacker eventually clears.

Southampton come again through Austin, whose low cross is gobbled up by Cech. Approaching half-time, 1-0.


Lacazette should do a lot better. Ballerina cuts the ball back for the Frenchman but his shot does not come close to troubling Forster. Lacazette felt the full force of Yoshida's late tackle after he got the shot off, but is okay to continue.


Fantastic save from Forster to deny Ramsey's low shot!

The Welshman finds space in the box and hits a well-struck effort on the swivel, but Forster gets down well to deny Arsenal an equaliser.


Southampton almost make it 2-0 as another teasing Ward-Prowse delivery causes mayhem. Bertrand nods it on, Van Dijk stabs at it, but Cech eventually gathers.