Giroud comes to Arsenal's rescue in draw with Southampton

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Fraser Forster came to Southampton's rescue on 31 minutes as he produced a fine save to deny Aaron Ramsey from the edge of the box. The decision paid off in the 88th minute, when the France worldwide rose highest to nod Alexis Sanchez's cross beyond Fraser Forster.

"We were relentless, after a hard start we were caught cold and overall it was a windy, rainy afternoon against a team who played well and were quick on the counter-attack".

"The second half was played in one half of the pitch and it was important not to be caught on counter attack".

Their formation was flexible, turning from a 5-4-1 without possession into a 4-4-1-1 when Saints had the ball. It was an intelligent game plan from Pellegrino, and one which nearly came off.

The Southampton boss prepares his side for Arsenal's visit to St Mary's on Sunday
The Southampton boss prepares his side for Arsenal's visit to St Mary's on Sunday

But, surely, to Arsene Wenger, it was better late than never, as the crucial point kept the fifth-placed side within touching distance of the Premier League top four.

The Gunners were 1-0 down before he guided a header into the bottom corner in the last ten minutes of the match. "I'm not happy with the point because I wanted three points", he said.

Giroud has yet to start any league game this season, but Wenger paid tribute to the striker's ability to deliver off the bench when it matters.

Ever since Arsenal's 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United, last Saturday, Alan Shearer has been inundated with messages from hysterical Gunners fans who were apoplectic for the former Newcastle United captain's analysis of their loss to Jose Mourinho's men.

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