Arsene Wenger hails Arsenal "spirit"

Esther Moore
December 13, 2017

Arsene Wenger opted for a change on 72 minute as Lacazette made way for Olivier Giroud as the Gunners went for a more direct approach.

"It was a hard game and I felt that we paid a heavy price for a slow start".

The Frenchman scored in the 88th minute to rescue a point for Arsenal in their 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.

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Wenger said he was satisfied enough with the point Arsenal took given they had been behind for so long. Because if you take him on, you have another guy who is good who will not play. "I'm not happy with the point because I wanted three points", he said.

One of the more peculiar moments in an entertaining match came late in the second half when Cech was forced into a moment of improvisation. "The answer is the authority of the referees".

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.

The French worldwide has scored four goals in the Premier League this season, all coming off the bench.

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