Austin strikes in draw

St Mary's Stadium | Sun 10 Dec 12.00PM | Attendance: 31,643
Match Report Highlights

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Saints v Arsenal As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Substitute Giroud levels for Arsenal two minutes from time
  • Austin fires Saints into a third-minute lead
  • Forster saves brilliantly from Ramsey in the first half
  • Romeu hits the crossbar from distance 

FULL TIME: Southampton 1-1 Arsenal

It's all over at St Mary's. So close to three points for Saints, who led for virtually the entire game thanks to Charlie Austin's third-minute opener, but Olivier Giroud comes off the bench to head home a painful equaliser for Arsenal two minutes from time.

+3’

Cech punches clear

Ward-Prowse swings it in right on top of Cech, but the keeper does well to punch under pressure from a host of bodies.

+2’

Saints corner...

Still driving forward, Bertrand wins a corner. Can we win it?

90’

Four added minutes

There will be four extra minutes as the visiting fans roar their team forward, sensing a winning goal. Saints are just trying to slow things down for the moment.

89’

Southampton substitution: Steven Davis replaces Dušan Tadić

Final change for Saints before the game resumes, as Davis comes on for Tadić.

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Equaliser for Arsenal

Saints have looked solid throughout, but they've finally been broken down. Sanchez finds space to cross from the left and picks out Giroud, who finds the net with a glancing header just inside the far corner from eight yards.

87’

GOAL

Olivier Giroud (87’) | Southampton 1 1 Arsenal

86’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Charlie Austin

Second change for Mauricio Pellegrino, who introduces fresh legs up front in the form of Gabbiadini. Off goes goalscorer Austin to a standing ovation.

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84’

Forster saves!

Sanchez steps up and hits it well, but Forster launches himself to his right and parries the ball to safety.

83’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

It's Romeu's turn to be booked as he brings down Wilshere. It's a free kick in shooting range for Arsenal...

83’

The flag denies Austin

Saints launch another counter and it's two on two, but Boufal's pass through the defence to Austin finds the striker offside.

81’

Yellow Card for Jack Stephens (Southampton)

Stephens goes into the book to even up the card count.

79’

Just beyond van Dijk...

Ward-Prowse delivers the set-piece from a fairly central position and drops the ball in behind the Arsenal defence, but it's just too far in front of the incoming van Dijk.

77’

Yellow Card for Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal)

Boufal gets away from Bellerin, who clearly upends the Moroccan to concede a free kick.

73’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Nathan Redmond

First change for Saints, as Boufal comes on for the industrious Redmond.

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72’

Arsenal substitution: Olivier Giroud replaces Alexandre Lacazette

Third and final change for the visitors, as Giroud replaces his compatriot up front. The Arsenal fans don't seem best pleased to see Lacazette taken off.

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70’

Arsenal substitution: Jack Wilshere replaces Granit Xhaka

Seemingly a like-for-like change in the middle of the Arsenal midfield as Wilshere replaces Xhaka.

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69’

Monreal goes close for Arsenal

The visitors might be enjoying the majority of possession and pressure, but Saints have created the best of the chances in the second half. Monreal tries to haul Arsenal level with a curling shot from 20 yards that flies just wide - a little too close for comfort.

67’

Just wide from Bertrand!

What a superb piece of play from Bertrand. He makes an overlapping run to chase Redmond's lofted ball, and then finds himself through on goal from Tadić's clever reverse pass. With Cech advancing, the defender tries to dink it over the keeper but the ball drops agonisingly wide of the far post.

64’

Arsenal substitution: Danny Welbeck replaces Per Mertesacker

It's an attacking change from Arsène Wenger, who appears to be switching to a back four as Welbeck comes on to add more firepower.

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62’

So close from Romeu!

This is better from Saints, who were penned in at the start of the second half. This time Romeu tries his luck from distance with a stinging drive that clips the top of the crossbar with Cech a spectator. So unlucky 😩

61’

Saints hit Arsenal on the break...

Another counter-attack led by Redmond sees him feed Tadić, but with Austin lurking in the danger zone the Serbian's cross is easily caught by Cech.

54’

Redmond tests Cech

Saints need to make the most of opportunities to counter-attack and that was a positive piece of play from Redmond. The winger makes good ground down the left and combines with Tadić. He hits a shot sweetly from 25 yards, but it's straight into the arms of Cech.

53’

Crucial tackle stops Kolasinac

Arsenal for once find some space down their left, but two Saints players converge to halt the attack as Kolasinac surges into the box.

49’

Arsenal probing

It's been more or less constant Arsenal possession since the restart, but they can't find a gap in the Saints defence. It could be a long second half if this pattern continues!

HT

Saints get us back under way

The second half is up and running at St Mary's. Can Saints convert their advantage into victory?

HALF TIME: Southampton 1-0 Arsenal

So far so good for Saints, as Charlie Austin's third-minute goal separates the sides at the break. Saints flew out of the blocks and created other early chances, but have had to stand up to more Arsenal pressure later in the half. Forster saved brilliantly from Ramsey, which was the Gunners' best moment.

45’

One added minute

Just another 60 seconds to be played at the end of the first half.

43’

Half-time approaching...

Saints have been excellent, but Arsenal have improved as the first half has gone on. Can we keep it tight and get through to the interval ahead?

42’

Lacazette blazes over

Arsenal threaten to profit from a very similar move, as this time Bellerin plays it in low for Lacazette, but Yoshida thunders into a tackle and does enough to put him off as the striker shoots high over the crossbar.

33’

What a save from Forster!

Sanchez plays in a low cross from the right that Ramsey strikes first time. It's a great effort from the Welshman, who hits it cleanly, but Forster reacts instantly to keep the Arsenal man at bay with a brilliant stop down to his left.

30’

Saints applying pressure...

Ward-Prowse swings in a free kick that's parried by Cech for a corner, before another wicked Ward-Prowse cross is nodded back into the danger zone by Redmond, nearly causing an own goal as it deflects off Xhaka and Cech makes the save.

24’

Ramsey shoots, Forster saves

Arsenal are starting to come into the game now. Ramsey controls the ball on his chest and swivels to shoot, but it's another routine stop for Forster, who gratefully falls on top of it.

The moment that separates the sides...

Charlie Austin lifts the ball over the advancing Petr Cech to give Saints an early lead against Arsenal.

18’

Brilliant tackle from Højbjerg!

Saints win a corner, but when Arsenal clear the danger they attack with real purpose. Sanchez leads the breakaway before Lacazette exchanges passes with Bellerin, but back comes Højbjerg to get a crucial foot in just as the Frenchman prepares to shoot.

16’

Forster saves from Lacazette

Arsenal have finally registered their first attempt on goal as the ball drops for Lacazette in the box, but his shot on the turn is tame and easily gathered by Forster.

8’

Austin hits the post!

Another slick Saints move sees Bertrand attack down the left and deliver a low cross for Austin, who slides in and strikes the post, but the flag was raised in any case. The striker was offside and it wouldn't have counted, but it's another reminder to Arsenal not to leave the red-hot striker in space!

5’

Cech saves from Austin

Saints have flown out of the blocks, as Austin races clear on goal only to be denied by Cech, who makes a stooping save down to his right. Arsenal's defence is wide open and Saints look sharp!

GOALSCORER 10 Charlie Austin

AUSTIN SCORES FOR SAINTS!

What a start! Tadić plays the ball in behind the Arsenal defence for Austin, who takes a touch and finishes in clinical fashion to beat Cech. Get in!

2’

GOOOAL!!!

Charlie Austin (2’) | Southampton 1 0 Arsenal

We're up and running!

Arsenal have got the game started and Tadić is caught offside from the game's first attack.

12.01

We're ready for kick-off!

Arsenal will get us under way. Come on you Saints! 👊

11.59

The teams are in the tunnel!

The clock is ticking and we're nearly ready for kick-off...

11.56

Let's get warm!

It's a chilly day at St Mary's, but Saints have been put through their paces to limber up for the game. Kick-off is in 15 minutes!

11.45

every single game you have to fight to score goals. we need to continue creating the chances. when you play against this side you have to be excellent in all areas.

mauricio pellegrino
southampton manager
11.42

Four changes for Saints

Jack Stephens makes his first start for three months as Mauricio Pellegrino makes four alterations to his starting XI. Maya Yoshida, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Nathan Redmond are also recalled following the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth last weekend.

11.09

southampton are an offensive team with offensive potential. they have charlie austin back now, and of course players like tadić, redmond and boufal who are all strong offensively. they have a good technical level as a team and both sides can create chances, so there should be goals.

arsène wenger
arsenal manager
11.06

Arsenal team confirmed

Starting XI: Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Lacazette, Sanchez.

Subs: Ospina, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Wilshere, Iwobi, Welbeck, Giroud.

11.02

Saints team confirmed! 😇

Starting XI: Forster, Stephens, Yoshida, van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Tadić, Redmond, Austin.

Subs: McCarthy, Hoedt, Pied, Lemina, Davis, Boufal, Gabbiadini.

11.00

15 minutes until team news!

Who would you like to see lining up for Saints this afternoon? We'll have full team news from St Mary's at 11am GMT. 

10.46

The Saints are coming!

View the best of the images as our club photographer was on hand to capture the players arriving at St Mary's. Who's that rugby tackling Virgil? 🤔

10.21

Saints arrive for Gunners showdown

Watch the players arrive at St Mary's ahead of today's game with Arsenal. Kick-off is at midday GMT.

10.18

Watch as Saints prepare for Arsenal test

Our cameras were at Staplewood to capture the players in training ahead of today's game. Watch the best bits of the session here.

09.34

this week, with arsenal, and games against leicester and chelsea as well, it's another difficult week, but i feel we have enough of a squad to compete well. 

mauricio pellegrino
saints boss on a busy week ahead
09.28

Back on home soil!

Last time out at St Mary's, Southampton ran out convincing 4-1 winners over Everton. Can Saints make it back-to-back home victories today? Here's how you can keep tabs on the action.

08.45

Pellegrino previews Arsenal clash

We spoke with Mauricio Pellegrino in his office on Friday afternoon. Take a look at our interview with the Saints boss, as he discusses the showdown with the Gunners.

08.37

It's matchday! 😇

We're back at St Mary's today, as Southampton host Arsenal in the Premier League. Can Mauricio Pellegrino's team make it successive home wins, after the 4-1 triumph over Everton last time out? Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, live match updates and free audio commentary! Come on you Saints! 👊

08.35

Saints v Arsenal Line Ups

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand
3
Maya Yoshida (C)
5
Jack Stephens
17
Virgil van Dijk
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
11
Dusan Tadic
Steven Davis (88′)
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
Sofiane Boufal (74′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
10
Charlie Austin
Manolo Gabbiadini (86′)
19
Sofiane Boufal
18
Mario Lemina
8
Steven Davis
6
Wesley Hoedt
26
Jérémy Pied
13
Alex McCarthy
20
Manolo Gabbiadini

Arsenal

33
Petr Cech (GK)
4
Per Mertesacker (C)
Danny Welbeck (64′)
18
Nacho Monreal
6
Laurent Koscielny
31
Sead Kolasinac
8
Aaron Ramsey
29
Granit Xhaka
Jack Wilshere (69′)
24
Héctor Bellerín
7
Alexis Sánchez
11
Mesut Özil
9
Alexandre Lacazette
Olivier Giroud (72′)
17
Alex Iwobi
30
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
12
Olivier Giroud
13
David Ospina
23
Danny Welbeck
10
Jack Wilshere
34
Francis Coquelin

Saints v Arsenal Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Arsenal
  • Possession (%)
    33
    67
  • Shots
    6
    11
  • Shots on target
    3
    6
  • Corners
    4
    5
  • Passes Complete
    296
    664

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin
Shots On Target
2
Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin
Chances Created
4
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Passes Completed
53
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
3
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Clearances
8
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Saves
5
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster