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Cazorla keeps his nerve as Arsenal leave it very, very late while West Ham crumble at Watford

Elsewhere, alarm bells for Stoke as they remain bottom of the table after another thumping defeat.

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SANTI CAZORLA STEPPED up and delivered just when Arsenal needed it the most to give the Gunners a come-from-behind win over Southampton at the Emirates.

The Spaniard converted from the spot in the 94th-minute after Jose Fonte was penalised for a foul on Olivier Giroud.

The Saints will feel hard done by, especially considering they took the lead after 18 minutes when Dusan Tadic’s free-kick was tipped onto the bar by Petr Cech only for the ball to rebound to the net via the goalkeeper’s back.

Laurent Koscielny equalised with a superb overhead kick on the half hour but the guests were well-organised and frustrated Arsenal for much of the second half only for Cazorla to ensure the three points.

Elsewhere, in east London, West Ham were seemingly sailing against Watford after a double from Michail Antonio – his 3rd and 4th of the campaign – had them 2-0 in front after 33 minutes. His second was brilliantly set up by Dimitri Payet’s rabona cross.

West Ham United v Watford - Premier League - London Stadium Source: Nick Potts

But Odion Ighalo pulled a goal back on 41 minutes before Troy Deeney equalised on the stroke of half-time.

Etienne Capoue put Watford in front shortly after the restart before Jose Holebas made it 4-2 ten minutes later with his first goal in English football to leave Slaven Bilic’s side stunned.

West Ham United v Watford - Premier League - London Stadium Source: Nick Potts

Stoke also shipped four goals and had Mark Hughes banished to the stands at home to Tottenham.

A brace from Son Heung-Min and one each from Dele Alli and Harry Kane ensured the Potters remain rooted to the bottom of the table with one point from four games.

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Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League - Bet365 Stadium Source: PA WIRE

At the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough suffered a league defeat for the first time this term as Christian Benteke grabbed his first goal for Crystal Palace in their 2-1 victory.

The Belgian opened the scoring after 16 minutes and though Daniel Ayala equalised before the break, Wilfried Zaha made the most of a George Friend error before dispatching past Victor Valdes.

Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace - Premier League - Riverside Stadium Source: Ryan Browne

Elsewhere, Robert Snodgrass curled home a 20-yard free-kick in the 95th-minute to rescue a point for Hull City at Burnley – a result that leaves Mike Phelan’s side sixth in the table.

Steven Defour had given the Clarets the lead with his first goal for the club after 72 minutes but Sean Dyche’s side couldn’t hold on for the win.

Burnley v Hull City - Premier League - Turf Moor Source: Clint Hughes

But Bournemouth could.

Eddie Howe’s side claimed their first top-flight win of the campaign against West Brom – Callum Wilson with a magnificent winner 11 minutes from time proved the decisive moment for the hosts, who had Jack Wilshere come on as a 63rd-minute substitute.

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