Arsenal Confirmed Lineup vs Southampton: Mertesacker in for Mustafi

Lawrence Cooper
December 13, 2017

Just when it looked like Arsenal were not going to make any headway against a disciplined Southampton side at St Mary's yesterday, substitute Olivier Giroud popped up with a header to rescue a 1-1 draw for the Gunners.

That was Giroud's 17th goal for Arsenal after coming off the bench, which equals former Manchester United frontman Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Premier League record for a single club.

The Arsenal stopper was beaten inside the opening three minutes after another slow start from Arsene Wenger's side, with Charlie Austin putting the Saints in front, and saw Southampton rattle the woodwork on two more occasions before Giroud's equaliser in the 88th minute.

"One thing that is really gutting is that we lost the game against Man United in the first 10 minutes", said Cech.

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"Why should we lose an important player?" said the Arsenal manager of a striker who was close to joining Everton at the end of the last transfer window."It's up to us."Wenger added: "Yes he will start games".

But the Gunners will feel it was two points dropped in their pursuit of a top-four spot.

In an attempt to hold on to their narrow 1-0 lead, being camped in their half for the majority of the second half, the Saints began taking their time with goal kicks and throw-ins. First of all, I think it's in the head of the players to respect the game, and to play. It is not the 28-year-old's natural game, but he fulfilled his duties diligently and worked hard before his substitution in the final five minutes.

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