Four Things We Learned From Southampton 1-1 Arsenal

Posted December 13, 2017

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.

Last Saturday Arsenal lost 3-1 to United after giving away two simple goals in the first 11 minutes.

The striker left it late, too, superbly glancing his effort into the corner of Southampton's goal with just two minutes remaining to prevent his side from slipping into their second successive Premier League defeat.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Southampton and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

"The players wanted to start strong, and overall I believe it took us time to get into the game again".

Wenger was less than pleased, he continued: "We're not happy because we wanted to win but when you can not win at least don't lose".

Charlie Austin fired an early opener for Mauricio Pellegrino's hosts - his fifth in three Premier League starts this season - and the striker was unlucky not to have more to show for the palpable sense of panic he and the Southampton attack injected into a shambling Arsenal backline.

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However, with his contract due to expire in the summer, Wilshere insists he isn't giving any thought to leaving, saying his focus is on influencing Arsenal's results in the best way he can.

"It's a remarkable achievement what he has done again today", Wenger said.

He said: "I felt that the Manchester United game played a big part in the head of our defenders".

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The French global has scored four goals in the Premier League this season, all coming off the bench.

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