Arsene Wenger admits he is anxious by Arsenal's defensive anxiety

Doug Mendoza
December 11, 2017

The hosts hit the front early through Charlie Austin and Arsenal's afternoon looked set to end in frustration before Olivier Giroud performed a familiar salvage act, coming off the bench to head an 88th-minute equaliser.

Giroud now has 17 Premier League substitute goals to his name, the same number as similarly famed game-changers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Nwankwo Kanu.

Early goals were what caused Arsenal's downfall against Manchester United a week ago, and the Gunners could not have made a worse start against Southampton.

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"We were relentless, after a hard start we were caught cold and overall it was a windy, rainy afternoon against a team who played well and were quick on the counter-attack".

"He is mentally extremely strong and you have to be grateful that a player, whenever he is needed, comes on and delivers". Arsenal moved up to fifth place, behind Liverpool on goal difference, but 14 adrift of leaders Manchester City who were playing Manchester United later in the day. He has started just two of his 12 appearances, but in those two starts, he has three of his four goals.

"It was a bit in their head and they were a bit apprehensive to start well again and that's why it is sometimes not good to talk about the problem because you create a bigger one". Austin also hit the post with another effort in the eighth minute with the Arsenal defence in disarray but the linesman flagging for offside. Ryan Bertrand had a golden opportunity when he shook off Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, but lofted the ball high over Cech, while Austin saw another opportunity trickle past the post. "It's not realistic. Let's try to win our next game and over a longer distance see if we can come back".

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