Arsenal got themselves right back in an entertaining contest at St. Mary’s when Olivier Giroud restored level terms just three minutes after the restart, and in the 52nd minute the Gunners took the lead when Santi Cazorla capitalized on an excellent pass from Mesut Ozil.
But Adam Lallana make the score 2-2 only two minutes later, and as Arsenal played out the string in search of a point midfielder Mathieu Flamini was shown a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on Morgan Schneiderlin.
Following are player ratings and analysis for each of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s men.
Szczesny: Was out to see when Fonte headed in the opener.
Sagna: Being absolutely overshadowed by Luke Shaw.
Mertesacker: Distribution of 95% accuracy has been typically superb.
Koscielny: Nearly equalized late in the first half.
Monreal: Almost gifted Gallagher a goal after a poor clearance late in the period.
Flamini: Distribution has been poor, but he’s had to cover for Arteta’s mistakes.
Arteta: Giving the ball away far too often.
Gnabry: Made a promising run on Arsenal’s first, real attack that showed any threat.
Ozil: Should have had twice the touches he had in that first half.
Cazorla: Completely anonymous.
Giroud: To his credit, he’s put in a good shift on the defensive side of the ball so far.
Szczesny: Made a key save in the final moments to deny Fonte a winner.
Sagna: Better in the second half, and he did well to set up Giroud’s equalizer.
Mertesacker: Made a vital touch to Lallana’s late cross intended for Rodriguez.
Koscielny: Nothing spectacular, but no mistakes, either, from the Frenchman.
Monreal: Missed a half-hearted effort from good position, but then redeemed himself with a crucial challenge on Lallana in the final 10 minutes.
Flamini: Ejected in the 80th minute for a reckless tackle on Schneiderlin.
Arteta: Improved significantly after the restart and ended up completing 91% of his passes.
Gnabry: Faded in the second half and was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Ozil: Made a delightful pass to Cazorla on Arsenal’s second goal.
Cazorla: Has now bagged five goals in his last five matches.
Giroud: Scored a eye-catching back-footed goal and also put in a shift defensively.
Oxlade-Chamberlain: Touched the ball only 17 times, but spent most of his time on the pitch with Arsenal a man down.
Gibbs: Introduced late as Arsenal looked to hold on for a point.
Podolski: Played only the six minutes of stoppage time.