SPORTS NEWS: Arsenal draw 1-1 with Southampton as Giroud rescued them - Naijatune

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SPORTS NEWS: Arsenal draw 1-1 with Southampton as Giroud rescued them

SPORTS NEWS: Arsenal draw 1-1 with Southampton as Giroud rescued them


Second half substitute Olivier Giroud safeguarded Arsenal with a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at St Mary's on Sunday after Southampton had looked like hanging on for every one of the three focuses. 

The France international, who replaced compatriot Alexandre Lacazette in the 72nd minute of a lively game, scored two minutes from full time with a looping header off an Alexis Sanchez cross. 

Southampton had influenced Arsenal to sweat to the point when then with Charlie Austin getting the fourth objective from his last three teams begins. 

He scored with a third-minute shot past Petr Cech in the wake of being bolstered through by Dusan Tadic. 

It was the seventeenth time Giroud has scored as a substitute for Arsenal. 

He equalled Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's record with Manchester United for most objectives scored off the seat for a solitary club. 

In the event that the draw remained a lost open door for the Gunners, there was all the while a remark home. 

The objective, in any event, fought off a moment progressive class crush after a stinging 3-1 misfortune to Manchester United at the Emirates a weekend ago.

“Last week had an influence on today’s game,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose side played in the Europa League on Thursday, said.
“They wanted to start strong but it took us time to get into the game again,” added the manager, who criticised the amount of time-wasting in the match.
“I think he (Giroud) has come back into a very good shape. He’s shown that today again. He’s mentally extremely strong as well. It’s a remarkable achievement what he has done again today.”
Arsenal moved up to fifth place, one point behind Liverpool, but 14 adrift of leaders Manchester City who were playing Manchester United later in the day.
Southampton moved up to 11th, ahead of Huddersfield Town on goal difference and a point behind Everton, who drew 1-1 in the Merseyside derby at Liverpool.
“We started really well, got the goal. Should have got the second really,” said Austin, who had a low shot from the right well saved by Cech minutes after scoring.
“Against Arsenal, you give them one chance and the big man’s come on and scored. It’s just one of those things…we take away a point from here but we should have taken all three.”
Austin likewise hit the post with another exertion in the eighth moment with the Arsenal protection in confuse yet the linesman hailing for offside. 
Stockpile worked their way back, grabbing the beat as Southampton were constrained on edge yet without giving home goalkeeper Fraser Forster much to stress over. 
Southampton were as yet hazardous against the keep running of play, notwithstanding, with Spanish protective midfielder Oriol Romeu shooting in a long-run shot that smacked the crossbar in the 62nd. 
Arms stockpile took off safeguard Per Mertesacker quickly a short time later, expediting Danny Welbeck to include capability, yet Southampton could at present feel unfortunate not to expand their favorable position. 
Ryan Bertrand had a brilliant open door when he shook off Arsenal protector Laurent Koscielny, yet lobbed the ball high finished Cech, while Austin saw another open door stream past the post.(Reuters/NAN)

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