Arsene Wenger believes Manchester United were to blame for draw with Saints

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

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

"I'm not happy with the point because I wanted three, but if you can not win it, don't lose it and we kept going".

"It was hard game and I felt that we paid a heavy price for a slow start".

Arsene Wenger's men recovered their poise and some swashbuckling attacking play as they sought an equaliser before half time made for a captivating contest. It was a clinical from Saints but another woeful early defensive error from Arsenal. "That's why it's sometimes a big gamble when you [make substitutions] early".

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.

The Saints got off to the ideal start as Charlie Austin combined well with Dusan Tadic before calmly slotting past Petr Cech from close range, 1-0.

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Giroud was brought on in the closing stages to provide Arsenal with more of a penalty-box presence against a Southampton side who were sinking ever deeper.

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

"Not only were we called back with three against one, but when we played it quick, he (the referee) called the ball back without any reason and that was a huge advantage to Southampton".

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