Arsenal Blow: Wenger Confirms Key Man Picked Up Injury Injury Against Southampton

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hails his players for coming from one goal behind to snatch a point in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Southampton in the Premier League.

Poor defending allowed Southampton to open the scoring in the 3rd minute but Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score a late equaliser to salvage a point.

The Gunners, who will face Swedish side Ostersund in the last 32 of the Europa League, fell behind early at Southampton as Charlie Austin gave the hosts a third-minute lead following some indecisive Arsenal defending.

"One thing that is really gutting is that we lost the game against Man United in the first 10 minutes", said Cech.

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But Wenger has denied claims Giroud will be shipped out of the club and says he will start games this season. "Because if you take him on you have another guy who is good who will not play, it is as simple as that".

"Overall, the spirit was great. But we wanted all three".

Wenger was very critical of his team's defensive "inefficiency" after the United defeat and conceded this afternoon that the issue was still in the minds of his error-prone defenders, which is why they repeated the same mistakes. "But in the last two weeks, unfortunately we dropped points in the last two games for bad starts - we are caught straight away". First of all, I think it's in the head of the players to respect the game, and to play.

That goal draws Giroud level with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the most goals by a substitute in Premier League history. And it nearly did again today.