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REPORT: Southampton held to a 1-1 Premier League draw against 10-man Arsenal

Another point in the bag.

Arsenal v Southampton - Premier League Photo by Adrian Dennis - Pool/Getty Images

Southampton was held to a point in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Arsenal on Wednesday evening.

Theo Walcott positioned Southampton to bid for their first league away win at Arsenal since 1987, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelled for the hosts seven minutes after the restart.

Southampton moved into third place in the table on 24 points from 13 games, ahead of Leicester City on goal difference.

Arsenal, who sit just five points above the relegation zone, remained in 15th position with 14 points.

Che Adams was instrumental to Southampton’s attack, springing Walcott for the opening goal with a perfectly weighted ball that split the defence and allowed the former Gunner to race on and chip over a charging Bernd Leno.

Arsenal responded after falling behind and equalised on 52 minutes when Bukayo Saka shrugged off three defenders before playing into Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who sprung Aubameyang to calmly place a shot into the far corner to make it 1-1.

Gabriel, however, compounded Arsenal’s woes after being shown a second yellow card in quick succession for pulling Walcott back just inside his own half in the 62nd minute.

Redmond had Saints’ best chance to regain the lead 20 minutes from full-time, but he could only strike the woodwork after latching onto Oriol Romeu’s ball over the top.

Arsenal nearly stole all three points in added time when Saka picked out Rob Holding from a free-kick, but the defender’s header struck the outside of the post.


Arsenal (3-4-3): Leno; Tierney, Gabriel, Holding; Saka, Ceballos (Willock 67), Elneny, Maitland-Niles; Aubameyang, Nketiah (Luiz 66), Pepe (Cedric 85)

Unused subs: Runarsson (GK), Mustafi, Willian, Lacazette

Goals: Aubameyang (52)

Bookings: Ceballos (44), Gabriel (58, 62)

Southampton (4-4-2): McCarthy; Bertrand, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Walker-Peters; Walcott (Dejenepo 63), Romeu Ward-Prowse, Armstrong (Redmond 63); Adams, Ings

Unused subs: Forster (GK), Salisu, Stephens, Diallo, N’Lundulu

Goals: Walcott (18)

Bookings: Bednarek (26), Betrand (33), Ings (83)