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

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says his side needs to start games better

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says his side needs to start games better

Sutton told BT Sport: 'Scoring late you'd say it is a good point at that stage but before the came in context Arsenal would have looked at this and thought it was a must-win game.

Wenger was very critical of his team's defensive "inefficiency" after the United defeat and conceded this afternoon that the issue was still in the minds of his error-prone defenders, which is why they repeated the same mistakes.

The France striker has yet to start a league game this season and media reports before the match had suggested he could be loaned out in January to secure more playing time ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Arsenal moved up to fifth place, behind Liverpool on goal difference, but 14 adrift of leaders Manchester City who were playing Manchester United later in the day.

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

This time Tadic delivered a through ball from near the halfway line, sending Austin into space with a clear run on goal, but the forward placed his shot too close to keeper Petr Cech who was given the chance to save. The Arsenal manager declared his only responsibility was to the club's needs, not the global aspirations of the players nor the national head coaches.

Forster got down to his left superbly to deny Ramsey from Ozil's cutback to the edge of the area, while Lacazette shanked wildly over towards the end of a breathless first half. Austin also hit the post with another effort in the eighth minute with the Arsenal defence in disarray but the linesman flagging for offside.

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Oriel Romeu nearly found a way past Cech when his 20-yard drive struck the bar before a routine ball over the Arsenal defence led to Tadic setting up another good opportunity, this time for Ryan Bertrand.

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