Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud did what he is best at by scoring a late goal to nullify Charlie Austine’s effort and save the gunners from another embarrassment after dominating the game.
Arsenal were headed to a likely lose as previous weekends after Captain Per Martesacker’s error resulted into Southampton taking an early lead at the 3rd minute.
Following Martesacker giving possession away to opponents, Dusan Tadics reverse ball landed on Charlie Austin who didn’t toy around but clinically punished the gunners at the 3rd minutes.
Similarly, like they outplayed United who beat them 3-1 last weekend, Arsenal possessed the ball most of the second half except failed to put it at the back of the net.
Until savior Giroud was introduced, the 85th minutes saw the French international headed past Forster off Alexis Sanchez assist.
The lazy and slow copping up with the game has been an issue Arsenal players have failed to find solution to in the recent times. Arsene Wenger noted the challenge;
“It was a difficult game and I felt that we paid a heavy price for a slow start. We kept going. Overall, I think the spirit was great. We were relentless to the end.”
The French man also credited his striker with whom they share the same country, he said;
“I consider Olivier Giroud as a regular player. We have to be grateful that he is part of a great team and one who can come on and make a difference with the right attitude and ability. He is a talent.”
Southampton Manager Mauricio Pellegrino was upset with the results. He said against Arsenal one has to give 100% otherwise things fall apart.
“When you play against Arsenal you need to be 100% excellent at almost everything. We didn’t control the ball much but we controlled the game. We had to reduce the space because they have quality in key areas, we competed well but it’s a pity we conceded at the end. We are upset about that but it’s part of football. Against Arsenal, in one action, everything can change.” Said Pellegrino.
Arsenal remain 5th on the table with 29 point and they will travel to play their London rivals West Ham united on Wednesday, the night Southampton who are seated 11th on the table host Leicester City at the St. Mary’s stadium.
Whereas at Anfield Everton failed to win again since 1999 although they managed to frustrated Liverpool with their penalty Wayne Rooney well converted put off Muhamed Salah’s first half goal.
Salah who has scored 19 goals now for Liverpool ever since joining from AS Roma gave the home side the lead at the 42nd minutes.
The Egyptian curled from an angle to give his side the lead before Sadio Mane wasted the chance to double it.
Everton were awarded a penalty when Dejan Lovren pushed Dominic Calvert Lewin inside the box. Man of occasion Wayne Rooney stepped in to put convert it successful as Simon Mignolet couldn’t do a salvation.
Liverpool possess their 4th place on the table, they will welcome Westbrom at Anfield on Wednesday whereas 10th place Everton will Newcastle the same night.