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English Premier League Report: Southampton v Arsenal 10 December 2017

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Hilda Schwartz | 13 December, 2017, 05:14

Following a 1-1 draw away to Southampton, it seems that Arsenal are well and truly out of the Premier League title race after just 16 games.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to his players for coming from one goal behind to snatch a point in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Southampton in the Premier League.

We'll have to wait and see how serious the injury is but Ramsey's absence will open the door for Jack Wilshere to force his way back in to Wenger's first team plans.

But Wenger has denied claims Giroud will be shipped out of the club and says he will start games this season.

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"We could have been 3-0 down after 10 minutes again (at Southampton) and I think this is something we need to improve. But we wanted all three".

They pressed forward with more goal after the restart, dominating possession, yet were unable to penetrate a home defence that was demonstrating far more resilience than the Gunners' own backline. "The answer is the authority of the referees".

Southampton held their nerve throughout the first half when they weren't trying to create chances and they had to start the second half in exactly the same manor. It is not the 28-year-old's natural game, but he fulfilled his duties diligently and worked hard before his substitution in the final five minutes.

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. "He is mentally extremely strong as well", Wenger said.

Alabama's Jeremy Pruitt set to take Tennessee gig
North Carolina State's Dave Doeren agreed to a contract with the Wolfpack on Thursday after speaking with Tennessee officials. According to Low, Pruitt is expected to remain on Alabama's staff through the College Football Playoff.

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