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Olivier Giroud was the hero for Arsenal in their 1-1 draw with Southampton thanks to his late equaliser.

Overall it was a pleasing performance and a win over former boss Claude Puel's Leicester at St. Mary's on Wednesday would really help with more tricky games coming up over the festive period.

It took Olivier Giroud to save Arsenal's blushes in the 84th minute as he came off the bench to head home an equaliser.

Manager Arsene Wenger was asked for his take on the result after the game and he suggested that last week's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United may still have been lingering in the back of his players' minds.

For Giroud however, he can celebrate matching a record set by Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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With a busy winter schedule that includes fixtures against Liverpool and Chelsea, Arsenal may even struggle to reach the top four and could be well off the pace at the turn of the year.

"We were three against one but we played it quick and the referee called the ball back without any reason and that was a huge advantage for Southampton in the final minute".

But France striker Alexandre Lacazette could not claim the goal his endeavours deserved and it was left to his compatriot Giroud - a man, like Austin not too well-versed in starting games this term - to avert a sixth Premier League loss of the season.

Giroud signed a new contract at Arsenal in January and said in the summer that he was motivated to win more titles with the club.

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