Southampton manager points to the ‘decisive scene’ in Arsenal draw

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Southampton manager points to the ‘decisive scene’ in Arsenal draw

Moi Elyounoussi’s goal-saving tackle on Gabriel Jesus was the “decisive moment” in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal, according to RALPH Hasenhuttl.

After Ibrahima Diallo had conceded possession in the middle and Lyanco had overstepped, the Brazilian forward sped through on goal with nearly 60 minutes remaining.

However, Norwegian international Elyounoussi tracked Jesus for at least 30 yards before sliding in on him as he was about to shoot inside the penalty area and putting Arsenal two goals ahead.

Minutes later, the 28-year-old assisted Stuart Armstrong’s equalizer, which ultimately earned Saints their fifth point from three matches.

“We have the situation with Moi where we are one time open and concede a counter-attack, he makes a brilliant save because if we concede a second goal the game is gone,” Hasenhuttl said.

“Very often you get the reward when you are brave. For me, the decisive scene was when Moi made the big save against Gabriel Jesus. For me, he was our player of the match.

“We put him in the wing-back position suddenly and I don’t know how many positions he has so far played in this team since I’m here but you can trust him everywhere.

“When he does what he does with his discipline, with his effort, it’s amazing to watch. Both wings were responsible for the goal as Romain (Perraud) and Moi were involved, fantastic pass and a fantastic finish from Stuart.

“At the end we got the feeling that we had them a little bit on the ropes and they were having 24 hours less to recover than we did which I think maybe is the reason that we had more in the tank and could push a little bit harder.”

Southampton manager points to the ‘decisive scene’ in Arsenal draw

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