Arsenal’s long unbeaten run of 14 league games finally came to an end when Southampton beat them 3-2 at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
It was an entertaining game with both creating enough chances to score goals and cause trouble to the respective oppositions.
Danny Ings gave the home side an ideal start with a resounding header in the 20th minute, following a magnificent cross from Matt Targett. The Gunners replied just after eight minutes of conceding. A lovely build-up on the left-hand side left Nacho Monreal on the byline unmarked, who delivered a peach of a cross for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to score.
Saints took the lead back in the 44th minute via their aforementioned goal scorer, this time an exceptional cross coming in from Nathan Redmond.
Unai Emery’s men responded eight minutes after the break, with substitute Alexandre Lacazette assisting Mkhitaryan for his second goal of the game.
Enter the final 10 minutes and Arsenal pushed forward for a winner, but Southampton hit them on the counter. Shane Long was released on the left channel, he then picked out Charlie Austin on the far post with keeper Bernd Leno slightly misjudging the flight of the cross. Austin then had a virtual open net to score and sent the crowd and his manager into delirium.
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