NEWSROOM
TEAM LINE UP :
SEAMAN
DIXON
ADAMS
KEOWN
WINTERBURN
PARLOUR
VIEIRA
HUGHES
OVERMARS
ANELKA
BERGKAMP
SUBSTITUTES:
BOULD
WREH
MANNINGER
GARDE
MENDEZ
SCORERS:
ANELKA



Anelka rifles home his third league goal of the season


Ray Parlour joins in the celebrations.


Stephen Hughes in aerial action.


Ray Parlour fires in a shot.


Dennis Bergkamp takes on Mark Hughes.


Christopher Wreh tries in vain to grab the winner.
FULL TIME REPORT

ARSENAL vs Southampton
1 - 1
Attendance : 38,027

NICOLAS ANELKA scored an excellent goal to give us a deserved halt-time lead against a Southampton side still searching for their first win of the season, but we ultimately paid for failing to take our chances and were severely punished when David Howells struck an equaliser in the 66th minute.

Anelka, back from his goalscoring feats with France, struck in the 35th minute after running on to a Bergkamp and pass and driving home with a low, right foot shot. We could have been a few more up by then and were denied strong penalty appeals when Anelka was challenged by Ken Monkou and Matt Oakley appeared to handle.

Southampton's only threat up until then ha come in the fourth minute when we only managed to clear after a prolonged goalmouth scramble but they rarely attacked in danger again before they scored.

Overmars gave the Southampton left-back Phil Warmer such a hard time that he was substituted after only 34 minutes, but the Dutchman was still in control despite picking up a booking for dissent.

It was clear we would need a second goal to see off the Saints and it is a mystery how we failed to get it. Paul Jones made some stunning saves in the Southampton goal to deny Anelka a sure hat-trick and every other shot just would not go into the back of the net.

Southampton made their final gamble when they sent on substitute Matt Le Tissier and he set up their goal with his first touch.

We came back strongly again and created yet more chances to win the game, but it was one of those frustrating Highbury afternoons.

Arsene Wenger said afterwards: "It is a disappointing result but not a disappointing display because we created so many chances to win the match. If we were guilty of anything it was that we took things too easy in the second half when we had all the play and we paid for our lack of concentration when they scored.

"I did not see the handball incident but it was definitely a penalty when Monkou fouled Anelka. Maybe I don't know the rules, but if you kill someone in the box without touching the ball, it's a penalty.

"It is a concern to drop points from these games but I think we are back to our best level now and now have to add a killer instinct to that high quality."

Wenger added that Emmanuel Petit had only a 20 per cent chance of being fit for the Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, but hopes everyone else to be fit.

He also questioned why Arsenal should have to lose 15 players to international duty when the club's pay their ages for relatively non-competitive games against countries such as San Marino, Luxembourg and Andorra.

Next stop, Wembley.


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