Lackluster Arsenal draws 1-1 at Southampton

1 Jan 2013
updated at 13h53
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Arsenal lost valuable ground in the chase for a top-four spot in the Premier League by drawing 1-1 at Southampton on Tuesday, needing an own goal to earn a point after a lackluster display at St. Mary's.

Arsenal struggled to get a tie with Southampton.
Arsenal struggled to get a tie with Southampton.
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Guly do Prado stretched to deflect Theo Walcott' s free kick into his own net in the 41st minute, canceling out Southampton's opener scored by Uruguay forward Gaston Ramirez .

Arsenal lacked the spark that saw the team thrash Newcastle 7-3 on Saturday and was outplayed at times by the home side, which climbed out of the bottom three with the draw.

Arsene Wenger 's team is provisionally fifth — five points behind north London rival Tottenham, which beat Reading 3-1 earlier Saturday , but with a game in hand.

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