- Southampton vs Arsenal

Tuesday 28 January 2014 | St. Mary's Stadium | Referee: Lee Mason | Attendance 31,284

Southampton
  • Jose Fonte (21)
  • Adam Lallana (54)
Southampton
2 - 2
Arsenal
  • Olivier Giroud (48)
  • Santiago Cazorla (52)
Arsenal

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Ten-man Arsenal missed the chance to go four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after an entertaining 2-2 draw at Southampton.

Southampton made the brighter start on the south coast and took the lead through Jose Fonte's header. League leaders Arsenal hit back in style after the break, Olivier Giroud levelling matters in the 48th minute with a backheel before Santi Cazorla put the Gunners ahead four minutes later with an angled drive.

That lead did not last long, however, as Adam Lallana converted Jay Rodriguez's pass for the third goal in six frantic second-half minutes.

Mathieu Flamini was shown a straight red card 10 minutes from time for a two-footed lunge on Morgan Schneiderlin, but Southampton failed to make their numerical advantage count in the final moments as Mauricio Pochettino's team remain in ninth place, unbeaten in five matches in all competitions.

Southampton made two changes from their previous Barclays Premier League outing, a 2-2 draw at Sunderland, as Maya Yoshida replaced the injured Dejan Lovren (ankle) and 18-year-old striker Sam Gallagher made his full debut in place of Rickie Lambert (hamstring) after scoring in the FA Cup win over Yeovil Town on Saturday.

For Arsenal there was just one alteration from their last league game against Fulham, with Mikel Arteta returning from a calf injury to replace Jack Wilshere.

Southampton were dominant in the early stages, Gallagher testing Wojciech Szczesny with a stinging drive in the eighth minute. Mauricio Pochettino's men were rewarded for their bright start by taking a lead in the 21st minute, Fonte meeting Luke Shaw's deep cross at the far post and squeezing his header in between Szczesny and the upright.

Gallagher could have doubled the advantage in the 37th minute after Nacho Monreal's clearance cannoned off Steven Davis into his path, only for the striker to poke wide of the target from six yards with the goal gaping.

For all of Southampton's pressure, Arsenal almost found an equaliser a minute before the break when Artur Boruc reacted well to keep out Laurent Koscielny's close-range effort.

Whatever words of wisdom Wenger shared with his players at half-time worked for Arsenal as the Gunners scored two goals in the opening seven minutes after the restart. First, Giroud deftly converted Bacary Sagna's driven cross into the net before Mesut Ozil set up Cazorla, who fired into the bottom-left hand corner from the edge of the box for his fourth goal in the last three matches.

Southampton were level within two minutes, though, Lallana sweeping the ball home from Rodriguez's cutback after the latter's run down the left.

Ozil came close to giving Arsenal the lead once more in the 64th minute, Fonte deflecting the German's shot up and over the stranded Boruc onto the top of the crossbar before Monreal blasted high and wide eight minutes later.

In the final 10 minutes, Flamini saw red before Szczesny denied both Shaw and Fonte as Southampton pressed for a winner to no avail.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "They have difficult games as well and we took at least a point. It's not enough but considering the situation at half-time, we have to be content with it.

"[Aaron Ramsey] had a setback yesterday in training. I hope it's not for too long but certainly not for Sunday's game."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
31. Artur Boruc 2.0 6.1
23. Luke Shaw 4.0 5.99
6. Jose Fonte 2.25 5.78
22. Calum Chambers 2.75 4.69
3. Maya Yoshida 3.75 4.34
20. Adam Lallana 4.0 6.77
9. Jay Rodriguez 3.25 6.49
8. Steven Davis 2.0 5.39
4. Morgan Schneiderlin 2.33 5.7
18. Jack Cork 1.67 4.81
40. Sam Gallagher 1.0 3.87
Substitutes All Fans BFR
26. Jos Hooiveld 0.0 3.61
2. Nathaniel Clyne 0.0 5.54
1. Kelvin Davis 0.0 3.89
12. Victor Wanyama 0.0 5.82
27. Lloyd Isgrove 0.0 4.0
16. James Ward-Prowse 0.0 5.67
21. Guly 0.0 4.73
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Wojciech Szczesny 6.5 6.33
17. Nacho Monreal 5.25 5.41
3. Bacary Sagna 6.25 6.12
6. Laurent Koscielny 7.43 6.07
4. Per Mertesacker 6.0 6.38
44. Serge Gnabry 6.0 6.08
8. Mikel Arteta 5.11 6.02
19. Santiago Cazorla 6.88 6.72
20. Mathieu Flamini 5.11 6.23
11. Mesut Özil 8.11 7.45
12. Olivier Giroud 7.56 7.04
Substitutes All Fans BFR
5. Thomas Vermaelen 5.0 5.39
23. Nicklas Bendtner 10.0 5.74
28. Kieran Gibbs 8.5 6.16
15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7.0 5.27
25. Carl Jenkinson 6.67 5.74
9. Lukas Podolski 10.0 6.66
21. Lukasz Fabianski 10.0 4.93

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