A poor display from Arsenal saw them drop two points after coming from a goal behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Southampton in an English Premier League match at St. Mary’s Stadium on Tuesday night.
The first 45 minutes was one of the poorest displays by Arsenal this season as they struggled to get hold of the ball and were outplayed in every area of the park by Southampton.
The Saints were on the attack from the word go and created their first chance on goal as early as the fourth minute after Adam Lallana met a corner-kick with a good header, but he saw his attempt cleared off the goalline.
Two minutes later Luke Shaw was creating havoc down the flank for the Gunners defence, but his teasing cross into the box was not capitalised on by Lallana after the ball bounced off his knee from a couple of yards out and allowed Arsenal to clear.
In the 20th minute Southampton made their early pressure tell as Jose Fonte met a Shaw cross with a powerful header to give his side the lead, 1-0.
In the 36th minute a poor pass from Olivier Giroud allowed Southampton another superb scoring chance, but Steven Davis failed to make the most of the defensive error as he fired wide with just the keeper to beat.
Arsenal’s only decent effort of the half came a minute before the break after Laurent Koscielny met a corner-kick from Mesut Ozil, but he saw his effort brilliantly saved by the keeper.
The start of the second half saw Arsenal playing much better football which allowed them to draw level only two minutes after the restart when Giroud turned home a low Sagna cross with a cheeky backheel from four-yards out, 1-1.
Arsenal then took the lead five minutes later thanks to a smart finish from Santi Cazorla with the outside of his boot from 18-yards out, 2-1.
The Gunners joy, though, was short lived as Southampton equalised in the 53rd minute after Lallana turned home a Jay Rodriguez cross, 2-2.
In the 72nd minute Nacho Monreal should have given Arsenal the lead for the second time when Mikel Arteta slipped him through on goal, but with just the keeper to beat he scuffed his shot wide.
The game ended on a rather sour note for Arsenal who finished the match with ten men after Mathieu Flamini was shown a red card ten minutes from time after a two-footed tackle on Morgan Schneiderlin.
The game ended 2-2.