Match report – Olivier Giroud salvages late point for Arsenal

Olivier Giroud climbed off the bench to rescue a point for Arsenal in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

The French frontman struck two minutes from the end as Saints just failed to hang on to Charlie Austin’s early opener.

Austin had punished Arsenal for a calamitous beginning to the match with his fourth goal in his last three starts.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg caught the eye for the hosts at St Mary's
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg impressed for Saints (Steven Paston/PA)

The Denmark international typified Southampton’s approach with a performance full of high intensity running and tough tackling.

Moment of the match

James Ward-Prowse went up against Sead Kolasinac at St Mary's
James Ward-Prowse, centre, had a real battle with Sead Kolasinac, right, at St Mary’s (Adam Davy/PA)

James Ward-Prowse and Jack Stephens double-teaming Sead Kolasinac, both sliding in as the winger bore down on goal, summed up Southampton’s dogged defending.

Data point

Austin has scored eight goals in his last 11 Premier League starts for Southampton, including four in his last three.

Player ratings

Southampton: Forster 8, Yoshida 7, Stephens 8, van Dijk 7, Bertrand 7, Romeu 7, Hojbjerg 8, Ward-Prowse 8, Tadic 8, Redmond 7, Austin 8. Substitutes: Boufal (for Redmond, 74) 6, Gabbiadini (for Austin, 85) 6, Davis (for Tadic, 88) 6.Arsenal: Cech 6, Koscielny 6, Mertesacker 4, Monreal 5, Bellerin 6, Ramsey 6, Xhaka 5, Kolasinac 6, Ozil 5, Sanchez 7, Lacazette 6. Substitutes: Welbeck (for Mertesacker, 64) 6, Wilshere (for Xhaka, 69) 6, Giroud (for Lacazette, 72) 7.

Who’s up next?

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal play West Ham next
Arsene Wenger’s side travel to West Ham on Wednesday night (Adam Davy/PA)

Southampton v Leicester (Premier League, Dec 13)

West Ham v Arsenal (Premier League, Dec 13)

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