Giroud's late strike earns Arsenal a draw at Southampton

Southampton v Arsenal preview: Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino to keep strikers guessing

"Nothing else goes through your head when you're playing, except who you are playing against and what you can do to affect the game", he said.

Wenger lamented his side's opening stages, which saw Charlie Austin put Southampton ahead inside of five minutes.

"I consider Olivier Giroud as a regular player", Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of the striker, who has lost his starting place to summer signing Alexandre Lacazette.

Southampton held their nerve throughout the first half when they weren't trying to create chances and they had to start the second half in exactly the same manor. It was a clinical from Saints but another woeful early defensive error from Arsenal. It was in their head and they were a bit apprehensive. A smart pass from Dusan Tadic sent the English forward clean through, with him producing a smart lobbed finish.

Southampton v Arsenal preview: Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino to keep strikers guessing
Arsene Wenger makes a promise to Oliver Giroud as he admits he is 'not happy' after Southampton draw

German Per Mertesacker, restored to the line-up in place of the injured Shkodran Mustafi, was left red-faced just three minutes into his return as he gifted Southampton the goal that allowed Mauricio Pellegrino's side to control the first half. It is as simple as that."He will start games because we play every three days".

Giroud equalised for Arsenal in the 88th minute of the game.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal reacts following the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium on December 9, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Wenger also revealed his ire at the perceived time-wasting tactics of the Saints.




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