Although Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Southampton may have been overshadowed by a relentlessly thrilling Manchester Derby earlier in the day, it was an intriguing match from start to finish.
Indeed, Southampton started the strongest and surprisingly found themselves in the lead after just 18 minutes through midfield maestro Dusan Tadic, whose swivelling free kick took a knick off Petr Cech.
But the Gunners soon wrestled their way back into the game and drew level after half an hour, courtesy of birthday boy Laurent Koscielny.
That lead to an edgy second half as both sides chased the lead with little to split between them. And the game was eventually decided by a refereeing decision, as official Bobby Madley awarded a last-minute penalty under somewhat controversial circumstances.
In case you missed the clash at the Emirates Stadium or simply want to relive it, we have FOUR fantastic images from the match that sum up the 2-1 affair. Enjoy!
Much of the pre-match discussion centred around two of Arsenal’s late summer signings being thrust straight into the starting line-up – forward Lucas Perez and defender Skhodran Mustafi, who are pictured warming up above. Unfortunately, neither enjoyed spectacular debuts.
After a sustained spell of dominance from Southampton, Dusan Tadic popped up with the opener on 18 minutes – but whether it’ll count as his goal remains to be seen. Indeed, the Serbian whipped a teasing free kick towards goal and although Petr Cech managed to get a finger on it, he couldn’t stop it hitting the bar and bouncing into the net.
Potentially the best goal in the Premier League this weekend, Laurent Koscielny celebrated his birthday and levelled the scoreline with a stunning bicycle kick. He may be 31 years of age but the Frenchman’s agility remains phenomenal.
A very suspicious penalty, claimed whilst Shane Long laid on the floor with a head injury, was awarded to Arsenal with no time to spare. Midfield technician Santi Cazorla stepped up to produce a stoppage-time winner for the Gunners.