Olivier Giroud spared Arsenal’s blushes as they drew 1-1 with Southampton. Here are five things we learned.
Arsenal fail to learn from their mistakes
Manchester United scored two goals in the first 11 minutes as they beat Arsenal 3-1 last weekend. Within three minutes of the game against Southampton, Arsenal made the same mistake again. Charlie Austin put the Saints in front and Arsenal were behind once again.
Going behind so early put Arsenal on the backfoot. The Gunners have got to start defending properly from the first minute instead of waiting until they are chasing the game.
When Charlie Austin starts, he scores
More often than not, Charlie Austin is on the Southampton bench. However, he shows what he can do when he is given a start. The former QPR striker has scored eight goals in his last 11 Premier League starts for the Saints.
He now has four goals in his last three starts and has scored in all three of his Premier League appearances against Arsenal.
More pointless possession
Arsenal always have the majority of possession against most teams they play. Against Manchester United, they had 75% and lost 3-1. The possession was similar against Southampton where they had 67% and drew 1-1. There is no point in retaining the ball for long periods if you don’t do anything with it. Arsenal have got to be more clinical.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg shows his class
Southampton played very well against Arsenal and were unlucky not to come away with all three points. One player who impressed was Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. The Danish international was underwhelming in his first season at Southampton but he has greatly improved since. Against Arsenal he was fantastic and dictated the play with ease. He had a pass accuracy of 93% and made eight interceptions. It was an excellent performance that so nearly resulted in a win.
Super sub Olivier Giroud does it again
Olivier Giroud came on in the 72nd minute and scored the equaliser for Arsenal with two minutes to go. Giroud made sure Arsenal left St Mary’s with a point, even though they didn’t deserve it. Has now scored 17 substitute goals for a single Premier League team – level with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd. When Arsenal need him most, Olivier Giroud delivers.