Premier League Title Race Blown Open, Arsenal Fumbles Big Time vs Southampton


Southampton were on the cusp of a famous win at the Emirates against Arsenal, but the Premier League leaders fought back to snatch a point in an enthralling six-goal thriller on Friday night.

Though an exciting game for the neutrals, it leaves Arsenal in grave trepidation as the title race has, seemingly, been blown wide open.


Mikel Arteta’s men lead second placed Manchester City with five points, but have played two games more.

The current Champions have a better goals differential and are in such good form in the Prem, they’ve won each of their last six games.

What seems like a pattern with Arsenal and their now unreliable defence became evident as they collapsed against the joint lowest scoring side in the Prem.

Prior the match, Southampton had scored only 24 goals, same as Everton and Nottingham Forest, the former who are just one place above relegation, while the latter are 18th on the log.

It was bad enough for Arsenal that the Southampton goal scorers were on a rut, Carlos Alcaraz had not seen the back of the net in seven games is prior, dating back to March against Leicester City.

He got an early goal – inside the opening minute – and also laid one for a former Gunners, Theo Walcott , who was in a four-game goal drought.

Prior to his goal against Tottenham, the last time he scored in a competitive game was in 2021 against Fulham.

The visitors early two goals came in minutes 1 and 14, but Gabriel Martinellli halved the deficit in the 20th minute, set up by Bukayo Saka.

Duje Caleta-Car restored the two-goal lead with his goal in the 66th minute, but Arsenal left their response late and with two quick goals, two minutes apart, the hosts cut the lead and levelled through Martin Ødegaard (88′) and Bukayo Saka (90′).


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