By Alan Duffy
Southampton 2-2 Arsenal – Premier League – 28th January 2014
Arsenal could have extended their lead to four points over Manchester City on Tuesday night, but instead had to settle for a draw against a superb Southampton side. The Saints totally bossed the first-half against a lacklustre Gunners and deservedly went ahead courtesy of a Jose Fonte header. The goal may have originated from a free-kick which never should have been awarded, but the home side were well worth their lead and should have extended that lead only for young striker Sam Gallagher to miss a fantastic chance from close-range.
After the break, the Gunners were much improved and went ahead courtesy of goals from Olivier Giroud (a deft back-heel) and Santi Cazorla. However, their joy was short-lived as the home side hit back almost immediately, with Adam Lallana slotting home after great work from Jay Rodriguez. Both side could have won the game, although the dismissal of Mathieu Flamini for a silly two-footed lunge meant that a point was hardly a disaster for the north Londoners, who are now two clear of Man City who play tonight (Wednesday).