Bukayo Saka’s 90th-minute equaliser rescued a point for Arsenal as the Premier League leaders recovered from two goals behind in a thriller against bottom side Southampton but saw their title hopes dented again.
Saka struck two minutes after Martin Odegaard classily curled in from distance as part of a chaotic finish at Emirates Stadium, where Leandro Trossard also hit the crossbar as Arsenal pushed for a win that had seemed unlikely when they twice fell two goals behind.
A frantic eight minutes of second-half added time followed, including numerous claims for penalties from Mikel Arteta’s side, one of which was the subject of a VAR check seconds before the final whistle.
Odegaard, Saka and Martinelli did their best to salvage things, but the tone was set with Ramsdale’s early error. He was one of many poor performers, with Fabio Vieira completely anonymous yet again when given the chance to impress.
Arsenal will start their match at City on Wednesday in a precarious position at the top, five points above the reigning champions with two games fewer to play than Pep Guardiola’s side.
While the Gunners may sense they now need to win at City, Southampton are three points away from escaping the bottom three and have played a game more than their nearest rivals.
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