Giroud will be a starter and a stayer, says Wenger

Arnold Nichols
December 11, 2017

Southampton have never lost three home games in all competitions against a single opponent in a calendar year, while Arsenal last won three away matches against an opponent in a calendar year in 1987 against Spurs (four wins).

Wilshere, Walcott and Giroud have all spoken about their frustration at a lack of game time in the Premier League - with France striker Giroud now being picked for his country as the England duo look like missing out on the World Cup at this moment.

Following their draw against Bournemouth last week, Southampton find themselves in 11th place, nine points behind Arsenal who sit in fifth spot.

A large section of Arsenal supporters clearly felt that their team's abysmal defensive display coupled with a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal somehow meant they deserved to beat United, last week.

A poor clearance from Mertesacker conceded possession deep inside his own half and then slipped as he attempted to make up for his mistake, allowing Dusan Tadic the time and space to pick out Austin's run into the box where the striker finished from 12 yards out. The Arsenal manager declared his only responsibility was to the club's needs, not the worldwide aspirations of the players nor the national head coaches.

Wenger lamented his side's opening stages, which saw Charlie Austin put Southampton ahead inside of five minutes.

Wilshere, in particular, had cause to feel hard done to with Granit Xhaka making little impression in the central midfield areas as Arsenal fought to get back on level terms.

It was left to Lacazette to spark Arsenal as an attacking force, spinning to craft a chance on the end of Aaron Ramsey's looping header but scuffing a shot too close to Forster in the Southampton goal.

Sutton also criticised Arsenal's defence.

'Can Arsenal win a title with that back line?

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