Charlie Austin's strike for Southampton hands Arsenal a 3-2 defeat at St. Mary's

Charlie Austin's strike for Southampton hands Arsenal a 3-2 defeat at St. Mary's

- Southampton record first home win for the first time since April with a 3-2 win over Arsenal

- The Gunners were coming into the match with a 22-match unbeaten streak in all competitions

- The entertaining Premier League match, produced three goals in the first half and two in the second

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The Gunners were the first to ask questions in the opening exchanges as a through ball for Matteo Guendouzi found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the Gabonese striker forced a good save from Alex McCarthy.

But it was the Saints who drew first blood in the 20th minute after Matt Targett delivered a perfect-inch cross to Danny Ings who headed home to make it 1-0.

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Unai Emery's side responded in kind eight minutes later as Nacho Monreal's cross was also headed into the back of the net by Henrikh Mkhitaryan to make it 1-1.

A minute before half time, it was the Liverpool on loan striker again, Ings completed his brace as cleverly headed home Nathan Redmond's cross to give the 2-1 advantage Southampton into the break.

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With just 55 seconds into the second half Aubameyang was found in the box by Mkhitaryan and he was denied once again by McCarthy.

But it the 53rd minute Mkhitaryan leveled the score for the Gunners as his deflected shot came off Jannik Vestergaard to bring the game back at 2-2.

Southampton thought they had taken the lead in the 75th minute as Shane Long was scramble a shot beyond Bernd Leno but the referee 's assistant waved offside.

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Aubameyang again failed to get a decent contact from Guendouzi's shot after starting a swift counter attacking move in the 77th minute.

Substitute Charlie Austin lashed was in a perfect position to head home a cross from Long's cross as the Saints regain the lead for the third time to make it 3-2.

The referee blew whistle as the match ended in favour of the Saints which takes out of the relegation zone.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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