- Cech own goal gave Saints lead
- Koscielny equalized with acrobatic effort
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- Cazorla PK in injury time won it
Arsenal left it very, very late to beat Southampton 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
A debatable stoppage time penalty from Santi Cazorla won it for the Gunners after Saints had initially taken then lead when Dusan Tadic‘s free kick hit Petr Cech and went in, then Laurent Koscielny had equalized in spectacular fashion.
In the second half Arsenal pushed hard for the winner and it finally arrived in stoppage time. Heartbreak for the Saints. Two-straight wins for Arsenal who now have seven points this season from four games, while Saints have two.
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Saints took the lead in bizarre circumstances as Tadic’s free kick went up and over the wall and was tipped onto the bar by Cech but the ball then hit his back and went in. 1-0 to the visitors with the goal credited as an own goal be Cech.
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Arsenal had been laboring in possession of the ball but equalized in stunning fashion through a bicycle kick from center back Koscielny on 29 minutes.
A corner was half cleared and the Frenchman finished acrobatically to make it 1-1 before the break.
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In the second half it was all Arsenal with Saints dropping deeper and deeper as they were clearly happy enough to leave the Emirates Stadium with a point.
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Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez came on for Arsenal with 20 minutes to go to try and grab a winner, but Saints had some opportunities at the other end which Shane Long should’ve done better with but he was denied by Cech.
Giroud had a header into the side-netting late on and he was then fouled in the box by Jose Fonte — it looked to be a harsh decision with the challenge more of a coming together — and won a penalty kick in stoppage time which Cazorla dispatched. 2-1. Gunners win.