Southampton 1-1 Arsenal: Stuart Armstrongs cool finish cancels out a superb opener from in-form Granit Xhaka as Mikel Artetas table-toppers are held to a frustrating draw by struggling Saints
Arsenal saw their winning run come to an end as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Southampton
Granit Xhaka put Arsenal in the lead with an impressive strike but Stuart Armstrong equalised for the Saints
Mikel Artetas side are now two points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table
Published:12:30 GMT, 23 October 2022Updated:23:14 GMT, 23 October 2022
For only the second time this season, Arsenal have dropped points in the Premier League. For the fourth time in as many games, however, Mikel Artetas side have flirted with danger. And as the heavens opened over St Marys, comeuppance came calling at last.
One nil to the Arsenal. That famous ballad to Arsenal sides of old has become something of a soundtrack to recent weeks. Here, Arsenal were on course for a fourth straight 1-0 victory here, before Southampton battled back to earn a point they deserved.
Just as against Leeds last week, Arsenal could have been out of sight at half-time. Again, they surrendered the initiative. The only difference? Southampton made them pay.
Stuart Armstrong (centre) celebrates after his goal pulled Southampton level in their clash at home to Arsenal
Armstrong guides the ball past Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale following good play from Mohamed Elyounoussi
Granit Xhaka celebrates after putting Arsenal in the lead against Southampton with the midfielder on the scoresheet again
The diagnosis is hardly terminal: Artetas side remain top of the Premier League, two points clear of Manchester City. They are unbeaten in nine matches, winning eight on the spin before this. Hardly cause to sound the alarm. But the drop-off was striking. Not for the first time, Artetas side wore the signs of a side starting to feel the Sunday-Thursday schedule. Southampton sensed as much and, having clung on during the first half thanks in large part to goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, Ralph Hasenhuttls side turned the tide.
In the end, this match swung on five minutes bookended by two pieces of brilliance by Mohamed Elyounoussi. With nearly an hour gone and Arsenal leading 1-0, Gabriel Jesus won the ball and raced in behind. Martin Odegaard fed his striker, who drove at goal, only to be denied by a desperate, last-ditch lunge by Elyounoussi.
It was one of a number of chances for the striker, who has now gone five games without a goal. This one proved particularly costly.
Elyounoussi had spent most of this afternoon as an auxiliary full back but after a slick move, the winger made his mark at the other end. He picked up the ball, drove at Takehiro Tomiyasu, cut inside and picked out a delicious reverse pass for Stuart Armstrong to score.
That capped what could prove a pivotal week for Southampton. And for Ralph Hasenhuttl in particular. He had been staring down the barrel but after two home draws, either side of victory at Bournemouth, his side now sit three points above the drop-zone. All while injuries take their toll.
Southampton substitute Samuel Edozie competes for the ball with Arsenal defender William Saliba at St Marys
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta saw his teams winning run come to an end but they are two points clear at the top of the table
Southampton (4-4-2):Bazunu 8; Lyanco 6.5, Caleta-Car 5, Salisu 7, Perraud 6.5; Elyounoussi 8, Ward-Prowse 6.5, Diallo 6, S Armstrong 6.5 (Edozie 80, 6); A Armstrong 6 (Walcott 73, 5.5), Aribo 6.5 (Adams 73, 6.5)
Subs not used:McCarthy, Adams, Mara, Djenepo, Larios, Finnigan, Payne.
Arsenal (4-3-3):Ramsdale 6; White 7, Saliba 6, Gabriel 6.5, Tomiyasu 6 (Tierney 72, 6.5); Odegaard 6.5 (Vieira 83, 6), Partey 6.5, Xhaka 7.5; Saka 7, Jesus 6.5, Martinelli 6.5 (Nketiah 71, 6)
Subs not used:Turner, Holding, Cedric, Lokonga, Nelson, Marquinhos.
It seemed Saints hard work would be undone when Kieran Tierney drove to the byline and fed Odegaard to score. Alas, the ball had rolled just out of play and so Arsenal were forced to settle for a first draw in 31 matches. That came back in January and it is a mark of the progress Arsenal have made since then and since their last visit here when defeat proved costly in the top-four race that these dropped points feel quite so significant.
No complaints. This is football. We were really good in the first half and controlled totally the game, we created loads of big chances that we didnt put away, Arteta said.
In the second half we put ourselves in problems.
Xhaka took his goal superbly, guiding home a half-volley on his wrong foot - just as he did against PSV Eindhoven on Thursday. The midfielder is normalising brilliance this season and for the second time in a week, he made a tricky finish look routine. It was anything but, unlike the move that came before. As Arsenal went from back to front, Southampton did little more than wave them through. It began with Aaron Ramsdale feeding Thomas Partey, who spent most of the first quarter in his own postcode. He was allowed to turn and find Ben White. The right back exchanged passes with Bukayo Saka and then picked out Xhaka.
A goal had been coming. Arsenal flew out of the blocks once more and could have had a couple before Xhakas opener. Gabriel came closing to turning home Sakas cross, Xhaka had a shot saved and later laid on a glorious opening for Odegaard, only for the captain to drag his shot wide.
Southampton looked frazzled, unsure whether to press or contain Arsenal. For a while they did neither. For a time, wingers Adam and Stuart Armstrong were so deep the home side had a flat back six.
Jesus forced another smart save out of Bazunu from Odegaards scooped pass. The striker also demanded a penalty after tangling with the clumsy Duje Caleta-Car. Arteta refused to criticise the officials. Or Arsenals lack of squad depth during such a punishing run.
The flair of Mohamed Elyounoussi proved important for Southampton as they managed to secure a point against Arsenal
Despite his best efforts, Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus was unable to find the net in his teams draw against Southampton
Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka attempts to retain possession while under pressure from Southamptons Stuart Armstrong
I dont like to have any excuses, he said. We could have won much more comfortably than we did and its completely down to us.
The issue? We stopped doing all the simple things right.
That snowball began to gather pace after the break. Among the initial signs that things werent quite right? A loose pass from William Saliba which straight to Adam Armstrong.
The striker squandered the chance but Hasenhuttl said afterwards: The first mistake from Saliba was the moment we thought, Ok now we can go a bit earlier and give a little bit more pressure.
He added: In the end we had the feeling we had them a little bit on the ropes. They had 24 hours less to recover maybe that was the reason we had a little bit more in the tank at the end and could push a bit harder.
Their reward came with 25 minutes to go. Arsenal were cut open initially by a brilliant dummy from Joe Aribo before Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong combined, just minutes after Jesus and Arsenal had missed another chance to cement victory.
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Summerville got a late goal for Leeds, but Fulham held on to win.
Arsenals winning run comes to an end. Xhaka put the Gunners ahead but Southampton levelled through Stuart Armstrong. Arsenal are now two points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
Nketiah clashes with Lyanco and the Southampton player ends up with a yellow card.
Fulham are 3-1 up at Leeds, with Decordova-Reid and Willian scoring.
Jamie Vardy adds to Leicesters impressive lead.
Arsenal bring on Fabio Vieira for Odegaard.
81 mins; Odegaard plays in Nketiah, whose effort is deflected wide.
Southampton make another change as Edozie comes on for Stuart Armstrong.
Tierney crosses to find Odegaard, who scores, but the goal is disallowed as the ball had gone out of play before the cross.
Arsenal set-piece coach Nicolas Jover gets a yellow card for dissent.
Southampton send on Che Adams and Theo Walcott for Aribo and Adam Armstrong.
Its a double change for Arsenal, with Nketiah on for Martinelli and Tierney replacing White, with Tomiyasu moving to right-back.
70 mins: Southampton are playing with confidence now and Aribo forces a save from Ramsdale.
67 mins: Perraud comes close with an effort for Southampton.
James Maddison adds to Leicesters lead against Wolves.
Ollie Watkins makes it 4-0 to Aston Villa against Brentford.
Arsenal looked in control, but Southampton are level, with Elyounoussi doing well to find Stuart Armstrong, who finishes with composure.
60 mins: Saka shoots off target following a corner.
59 mins: Elyounoussi makes an excellent interception to deny Jesus.
56 mins: Gabriel needs treatment on a head injury after being caught by Salisu.
54 mins: Jesus felt he should have had a foul after being held by Caleta-Car, but the referee waves play on.
48 mins: Saliba gives the ball away but Adam Armstrong cant capitalise.
46 mins: Perraud shoots well wide for Southampton.
The second half is underway at St Marys.
Arsenal have again been in control of the game and will be confident of securing another three points, but theres still some work to do.
Che Adams, if fit enough, could be an option for Southampton as they look to pull level.
Arsenal have a 1-0 lead at the break courtesy of Xhakas goal.
43 mins: Bazunu makes a good save to thwart Jesus.
39 mins: Martinelli dribbles well and then his effort is deflected wide.
35 mins: Southampton are enjoying a spell of pressure with a succession of corners.
Jesus goes down after colliding with Lyanco. The Brazilian felt that he was elbowed.
Bukayo Saka is booked for adjudged diving under pressure from Salisu.
Mitrovic levels for Fulham against Leeds.
24 mins: Jesus hits the side-netting after being found by Odegaard. Partey did well to win the ball in the first place.
Rodrigo puts Leeds in front against Fulham.
Harvey Barnes makes it 2-0 to Leicester.
Aston Villa are now 3-0 up, with Ings getting his second goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Youri Tielemans puts Leicester in front against Wolves.
Arsenal are in front, with Xhaka continuing his goalscoring form with a neat finish after latching onto Whites cross.
Its another goal for Aston Villa, with Danny Ings making it 2-0 against Brentford.
8 mins: Another opportunity for Arsenal, with Xhaka playing in Odegaard, who shoots wide from just outside the area.
7 mins: Gabriel Martinelli is down after a challenge from Lyanco but hes eventually able to continue.
6 mins: Bazunu does well to keep out a powerful effort from Xhaka.
5 mins: Lyanco pushes forward for Southampton and his effort is saved.
Aston Villa take the lead just two minutes into Aaron Danks spell as caretaker, with Leon Bailey scoring against Brentford.
3 mins: Arsenal continue to cause problems for Southampton, with Saka sending in a dangerous ball but nobody can quite reach it.
1 min: Its an early chance for Arsenal, with Jesus having a shot saved by Bazunu, but the flag was up for offside anyway.
The teams are in the tunnel at St Marys, with kick off rapidly approaching.
Che Adams is only fit enough to be on the bench for Southampton due to a hamstring problem.
Southampton have some significant absentees but they won 1-0 in their last game against Bournemouth and will be determined to cause problems for Arsenal.
For Brentford, Kristoffer Ajer starts at the expense of Ben Mee.
James Maddison is back in action for Leicester after returning from suspension.
Lyanco, Ibrahima Diallo and Stuart Armstrong all start for Southampton.
Jonny and Joao Moutinho are in for Wolves in place of Nelson Semedo and Boubacar Traore.
Leeds give starts to Sam Greenwood and Luke Ayling, whileTosin Adarabioyo and Harry Wilson start for Fulham.
Aston Villa, overseen by caretaker boss Aaron Danks, make three changes, with Leander Dendoncker, Emiliano Buendia and Matty Cash all starting. John McGinn, Jacob Ramsey and John McGinn all drop out of the side.
Arsenal name the same team that faced Leeds, with Takehiro Tomiyasu continuing at left-back ahead of Kieran Tierney.
Sa, Jonny, Collins, Kilman, Bueno, Moutinho, Neves, Traore, Nunes, Podence, Costa. Subs: Sarkic, Ait-Nouri, Traore, Hwang Hee-Chan, Mosquera, Guedes, Semedo, Hodge, Campbell.