Olivier Giroud salvages late point for Arsenal at Southampton

Olivier Giroud was on target when Arsenal won 2-0 at Southampton back in May

Olivier Giroud headed in an 88th-minute equalizer to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.

"In the first half the referee could have given a penalty and in the second half we could not take advantage of a counter-attack in the last minute".

The Gunners had a good response to going behind, dominating possession and taking the game towards the hosts in the first half and hour, but the Saints nearly had a second on the half-hour mark when a James Ward-Prowse cross caused chaos in the Arsenal box.

Per Mertesacker had been restored to the line-up in place of the injured Shkodran Mustafi.

What followed, was an extended display of Arsenal's woes and concerns.

Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey will be the central midfield pairing while Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac will start in the wing-back slots.

The Arsenal forward has found the net on 10 occasions in the final 10 minutes of games in 2017 and it was his late header on Sunday afternoon which rescued a point for the Gunners at Southampton. Another must-win game for the Gunners, and Arsene Wenger will be taking very few chances at a venue which has traditionally been a banana skin for Arsenal in the past.

Charlie Austin is the club's top goalscorer this season having scored four goals.

Arsenal are fifth in the league and 14 points away from Manchester City at the summit.

Southampton can consider themselves unfortunate to have seen Austin's fourth goal in three starts cancelled out late on, but Mauricio Pellegrino's side have won just one of their last seven games.

Arsenal have already recovered as many points from losing positions this season as they managed in the entirety of last season (9) and won more matches from behind this season (3) than last season (2).

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