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Arsene Wenger believes Manchester United were to blame for draw with Saints

Arsene Wenger believes Manchester United were to blame for draw with Saints

Giroud was persuaded to stay on with the lure of regular football, but after failing to make a single start in the Premier League, he is looking for a move elsewhere.

"In the second half we played in their half".

"I felt that the Man United game played a bit of a part in the heads of our defenders", Wenger admitted afterwards.

"First of all I think it's in the hands of the players to respect the game and to play and then for the referees to act early".

Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out of Sunday's game with a thigh injury but Theo Walcott will be fit despite coming off with a tight calf during Arsenal's 6-0 thrashing of BATE Borisov on Thursday.

In fairness to the Premier League's all time leading goal scorer, it was hard to disagree with what he was saying, yet that didn't stop Arsenal fans from venting towards the former England captain, all week.

Wenger lamented his side's opening stages, which saw Charlie Austin put Southampton ahead inside of five minutes.




Per Mertesacker, making only his fourth Premier League start of the season, cleared the ball straight to Dusan Tadic and his slip when trying to remedy the situation allowed Austin space to control the Serbia playmaker's chipped pass and steer an unerring finish past Petr Cech.

Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.

Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere had both impressed in that win but Wenger adjudged that neither had done enough to force their way into his starting line-up.

It was left to Lacazette to spark Arsenal as an attacking force, spinning to craft a chance on the end of Aaron Ramsey's looping header but scuffing a shot too close to Forster in the Southampton goal. Austin also hit the post with another effort in the eighth minute with the Arsenal defence in disarray but the linesman flagging for offside.

Giroud signed a new contract at Arsenal in January and said in the summer that he was motivated to win more titles with the club.

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