James Ward-Prowse ultimately sent the Emirates into a panic.
Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette ultimately salvaged a 2-2 draw in the 96th minute, but Southampton's midfielder gave his club a 2-1 lead in the 71st minute Saturday, following up his own rebound after Gunners keeper Bernd Leno saved his penalty.
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After Danny Ings caught their defense napping in the eighth minute, Arsenal equalized 10 minutes later through Lacazette. The Gunners seemed well on their way to all through points after playing on the front foot for the vast majority of the second half, but the Saints were able to capitalize on the counter-attack.
Just minutes after Southampton's Cédric Soares failed to pass across the face of goal to wide-open teammate Nathan Redmond, Arsenal left back Kieran Tierney pulled Ings down in the box. A VAR check determined that Ings was not offside before the penalty.
Lacazette made up for it with his second equalizer, but the reaction from Arsenal supporters was hushed at best. When the full-time whistle blew, fans at the Emirates booed the team off the pitch, just as they did at halftime.
The Gunners still have not won an English Premier League match since Oct. 6, and they fell to seventh in the table after Saturday's draw. Their North London rivals fired their manager earlier this week, but Tottenham Hotspur now is only one point back of Arsenal after beating West Ham in manager José Mourinho's Spurs debut.
If Arsenal continue to struggle, manager Unai Emery could face a similar fate to former Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino.
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