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Super sub Olivier Giroud spares Arsenal's blushes with late equaliser against Southampton

12 December, 2017, 18:46 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Poor defending allowed Southampton to open the scoring in the 3rd minute but Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score a late equaliser to salvage a point.

"I'm not happy with the point because I wanted three, but if you can not win it, don't lose it and we kept going".

For me Oli is one of the best strikers in the Premier League when he's on it and he's on the bench, so it shows what we've got. "Yes, and we played a big part of the game with a four today, but away from home recently we've done quite well".

Giroud was brought on in the closing stages to provide Arsenal with more of a penalty-box presence against a Southampton side who were sinking ever deeper.

Arsene Wenger's men recovered their poise and some swashbuckling attacking play as they sought an equaliser before half time made for a captivating contest. "In the second half I felt it was one-way traffic, it was very hard to create clear-cut chances".

"Especially on the final ball on the counter-attack, it is very frustrating to give the advantage to the guy who had the foul because we were not only called back".

"We could have been 3-0 down after 10 minutes again (at Southampton) and I think this is something we need to improve".

He was pleased with his team's desire, but not the results, he said: "We have played with an excellent spirit in the last few week but we've dropped points in the last two games from bad starts". Surely Le Prof must be seeing these stats every week and wondering why he didn't cash in on the Chilean in the summer.

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