outhampton vs Arsenal LIVE!
The Gunners paid a visit to St Mary’s this afternoon as they looked to restore their four-point gap at the Premier League summit. Such a cushion was whittled back down to a solitary one courtesy of Manchester City’s win over Brighton yesterday, and now stands at two after a rare draw on the south coast.
Mikel Arteta’s side were brimming with confidence amid genuine optimism over a sustained title challenge as they bid to claim top spot heading into the mid-season World Cup break, while Southampton did get their first victory in six games at Bournemouth in midweek but the pressure remained on manager Ralph Hasenhuttl after a tough start to the campaign.
Xhaka fired Arsenal into a deserved early lead on the day, only for Stuart Armstrong’s equaliser to ensure they dropped points for only the second time this season. Follow Arsenal vs Southampton reaction LIVE below, with Simon Collings reporting from the stadium.
Here’s Southampton’s goalscorer talking to Sky Sports…
“It was always going to be a hard game against a good opposition. Not the perfect start for us and still, we had to defend and wait for counter-attacks, that was the rhythm of the game.
“But to get a point against the great teams is obviously amazing for us.”
Southampton 1-1 Arsenal
The Gunners drop points for only the second time this season in a rare draw, leaving their lead over Manchester City at the Premier League summit at two points.
91 mins: Tierney gets back to head clear Walcott’s effort before Lyanco foolishly reacts after a tussle with Nketiah and will be relieved to see only a yellow card brandished.
90 mins: FIVE minutes of added time for one of these sides to find a winner at St Mary’s!
Arsenal throwing bodies forward now, roared on by Arteta on the touchline.
89 mins: A second booking of the afternoon for simulation, this time for Walcott.
The first on Saka was a bit of a joke, but few complaints on that.
87 mins: Southampton are still doing all the running here late on, with Arsenal looking more than a touch leggy.
The offside flag keeps the Saints at bay again.
Will we have a late twist in the tale here?
84 mins: Gabriel’s head is first again to a Ward-Prowse corner from the left.
Walcott can’t pick out Edozie after good work from the former Manchester City youngster.
Southampton looking more likely than Arsenal to grab a late winner here as things stand…
82 mins: Walcott is flagged offside to halt a Southampton break as Arteta replaces captain Odegaard with Fabio Vieira.
Lyanco receiving treatment after a knock.
80 mins: Into the final 10 minutes now and Sam Edozie replaces Southampton goalscorer Stuart Armstrong.
Odegaard plays through Nketiah, but his low effort is deflected behind by Lyanco.
79 mins: GOOOAAA… NO!
Tierney gets to the byline and cuts back for Odegaard to sweep home, briefly sparking pandemonium in the away end.
But the ball had gone out. It won’t stand.
Replays show that was definitely the correct call.
outhampton vs Arsenal LIVE!