By Sedara Philip
English Premier League
Southampton inflict major blow on Arsenal’s title challenge after a 3-3 draw at Emirates Stadium
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Premier League leaders Arsenal scored two late goals as they fought back to draw 3-3 against struggling Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night.
It was a third draw in a row for the Gunners and their pursuit of the title is no longer in their own hands.
Champions Manchester City are now five points behind Arsenal, but with two games in hand – and will host the Gunners at Etihad Stadium next Wednesday.
The Saints went infront after just 28 seconds, when Carlos Alcaraz capitalised on an from goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to score.
Arsenal have now conceded the two fastest goals at home in the Premier League this season, the other being Philip Billing’s strike after 9.11 seconds for Bournemouth.
Theo Walcott doubled the lead against his former club in the 14th minute, before Gabriel Martinelli pulled one back for the league leaders six minutes later.
Duje Caleta-Car restored the two-goal advantage for Southampton in the 66th minute and appeared to seal the three points – only for Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka to score in the 88th and 90th minutes to earn a draw.
Arsenal had eight stoppage time minutes to try and grab a winner, but they couldn’t find a way through, with Leandro Trossard coming closest when his shot clipped the crossbar.
It follows draws away to Liverpool and West Ham United for Mikel Arteta’s side in their previous two games.
Southampton remain bottom of the Premier League table and three points from safety, having now failed to win in seven league games.