10 Dec Olivier Giroud salvages late point for Arsenal
Olivier Giroud climbed off the bench to rescue a point for Arsenal in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.
The French frontman struck two minutes from the end as Saints just failed to hang on to Charlie Austin’s early opener.
Austin had punished Arsenal for a calamitous beginning to the match with his fourth goal in his last three starts.
Tweet of the match
Star man – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
The Denmark international typified Southampton’s approach with a performance full of high intensity running and tough tackling.
Moment of the match
James Ward-Prowse and Jack Stephens double-teaming Sead Kolasinac, both sliding in as the winger bore down on goal, summed up Southampton’s dogged defending.
Austin has scored eight goals in his last 11 Premier League starts for Southampton, including four in his last three.
Southampton: Forster 8, Yoshida 7, Stephens 8, van Dijk 7, Bertrand 7, Romeu 7, Hojbjerg 8, Ward-Prowse 8, Tadic 8, Redmond 7, Austin 8. Subs: Boufal (for Redmond, 74) 6, Gabbiadini (for Austin, 85) 6, Davis (for Tadic, 88) 6.Arsenal: Cech 6, Koscielny 6, Mertesacker 4, Monreal 5, Bellerin 6, Ramsey 6, Xhaka 5, Kolasinac 6, Ozil 5, Sanchez 7, Lacazette 6. Subs: Welbeck (for Mertesacker, 64) 6, Wilshere (for Xhaka, 69) 6, Giroud (for Lacazette, 72) 7.
Who’s up next?
Southampton v Leicester (Premier League, Dec 13)
West Ham v Arsenal (Premier League, Dec 13)