Southampton 1 Arsenal 1
Austin 3, Giroud 88

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to head in Arsenal’s leveller two minutes before time. With Southampton taking the lead after three minutes when Charlie Austin clipped his effort past Petr Cech from Dusan Tadic’s incisive pass, Arsenal initially struggled to cope with the Saints’ bright football. The three man Gunners’ defence of Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and particularly Per Mertersacker were continually exposed, as Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka failed to track back. Ramsey had a low strike well saved by Fraser Forster, with Alexandre Lacazette going close. The France striker had a good claim for a penalty when Maya Yoshida cut through him, but no one in the way blue strip appealed when replays suggested there was a valid claim for one. Another Austin carve up, and Oriel Romeu, and Ryan Bertrand could have extended Southampton’s lead. But Arsenal continued their second half siege of the Saints’ goal. With time running out, Giroud rose to powerfully flick his header past Forster from Alexis Sanchez cross and Arsenal had salvaged a point.

Arsene Wenger was discounted to have dropped more points, but achieved his maxim… if you can’t win, then don’t lose either.

” I’m not happy with the point because I wanted three, but if you cannot win it, don’t lose it. We kept going, we were relentless. After a difficult start we were caught cold and overall it was a windy, rainy afternoon against a team who played well and were quick on the counter-attack. It was important not to concede a second goal and in the end Olivier Giroud helped us at least rescue a point. Considering the quality of the team we faced, it is not so bad.

With no first half luck, Wenger knew it was imperative to turn things around for the second half.

“I felt at first that we rushed our game in the final 15 minutes of the first half and started to lose balls in the middle of their goal. We needed to play the way we wanted to play, defend quicker when we lose the ball and to put the ball under much more pressure. In the second half I felt it was one-way traffic, it was very difficult to create clear-cut chances.”

Having dominated in eventual defeat to Manchester United last weekend, Wenger accepted that Arsenal were still coming to terms with what happened and how they were unable to breach David De Gea’s goal despite the continual bombardment from his side.

“I felt that the Manchester United game played a bit of a part in the head of our defenders. It was a bit in their head and they were a bit apprehensive to start well again and that’s why it is sometimes not good to talk about the problem because you create a bigger one.”

Arsenal will hope to get their winning momentum back on track with a rare away win at struggling West Ham United in the week