Arsenal held by Southampton at St Marys

Premier League leaders Arsenal dropped points in the title race after being held to a 2-2 draw at Southampton yesterday evening.

The south coast club took their lead on twenty-one minutes through Jose Fonte, though two goals in four minutes early in the second half from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla handed Arsene Wenger’s men the advantage.

However, the Gunners lead was short lived as Saints captain Adam Lallana fired in to draw level, and give Mauricio Pochettino’s men a share of the spoils.

Matthieu Flamini was shown a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on fellow Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin with ten minutes on the clock, and will now miss the forthcoming matches against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Arsenal are now just two points clear of second place Manchester City, who along with Chelsea could move above them this evening.

City travel to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea host West Ham United, so any of the three could end the day in top spot.

Elsewhere yesterday, fourth place Liverpool thumped Everton 4-0 in the 222nd Merseyside derby, while champions Manchester United beat Cardiff City 2-0, with former Gunner Robin van Persie scoring on his return from injury.