Arsenal Confirmed Lineup vs Southampton: Mertesacker in for Mustafi

Southampton scored their goal

The France worldwide, on as a 72nd-minute replacement, glanced home Alexis Sanchez's left-wing cross as Arsenal's late pressure told at St. Mary's Stadium.

Poor defending allowed Southampton to open the scoring in the 3rd minute but Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score a late equaliser to salvage a point. The ex-Montpellier man could have departed the Emirates Stadium in the summer, but he opted to stay despite knowing he would not be Arsene Wenger's first choice after the signing of Alexandre Lacazette.

"We were lucky to get a point, even if we deserved to get one in the end, because we put them under pressure".

"The second half was played in one half of the pitch and it was important not to be caught on counter attack". It was an intelligent game plan from Pellegrino, and one which nearly came off. Sanchez was incredibly wasteful in possession and was often guilty of taking too long to move the ball on, while Mesut Ozil was largely kept quiet.

The Gunners nearly levelled matters in the 11th minute but Pierre-Emile Højbjerg produced a fine last ditch tackle to deny Alexandre Lacazette a clear sight at goal.

The French worldwide has scored four goals in the Premier League this season, all coming off the bench.

Charlie Austin gave Southampton the lead in the third minute for the striker's fourth goal in his last three starts. "And secondly, the authority of the referees to act early in the game, because it becomes really a problem in the last two seasons".

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