Arsenal's Lacazette strikes late to rescue point against Saints

Arsenal will hope to return to winning ways when they host Southampton at the Emirates this weekend.

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette's added-time strike rescued a point in a 2-2 draw versus Southampton in the Premier League at the Emirates on Saturday, a result that extended the Gunners' winless run to six games in all competitions. "The team needs confidence and calm to show the quality we have".

Unai Emery confirmed that Nicolas Pepe is available to be picked on Saturday despite arriving late from worldwide duty as Arsenal face Southampton.

Xhaka has been on worldwide duty with Switzerland over the past two weeks and Emery said the player "is coming back better in his mind" and "wants to come back with confidence (of) the supporters". "He trained very well before the worldwide break and he trained very well this morning".

"He played well last year but this year he's not being consistent but my challenge to him is to improve, to do better with some tactical issues on the pitch and above all be consistent".

"Do you know what, it's my son's 9th birthday today and you know what I've done for him?"

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"But what is a defensive midfielder?"

So far this season, Arsenal have given Premier League minutes to Calum Chambers, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson and Rob Holding among their English contingent. We need to keep calm, keep positive and keep doing what we need to improve.

And the former Daily Mirror editor was clearly not happy about the situation at the north London club as he posted a series of tweets after Arsenal had fallen behind during the game.

The 23-one year-susceptible has been the source of frustration for many Arsenal supporters this season with Unai Emery opting to play the Uruguayan in a extra developed feature on plenty of times with microscopic success.

"The best 20 minutes of the whole season came at the start of the second half but they scored when we were better maybe".

  • Lawrence Cooper