Bazunu: Fighting spirit vital

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Following a rollercoaster night in North London which saw Saints lose grip of a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Arsenal, Gavin Bazunu is looking past initial disappointment to focus on the positives.

Rubén Sellés’s side made a dream start at Emirates Stadium, taking the lead after just 27 seconds courtesy of Charly Alcaraz, before Theo Walcott haunted his former club inside the opening quarter-of-an-hour.

Gabriel Martinelli reduced the deficit at the break, before Duje Ćaleta-Car restored the two-goal buffer with 25 minutes remaining.

However, Martin Ødegaard’s strike on 88 minutes triggered stunning scenes in the capital, as Bukayo Saka bundled home an equaliser as the game ticked into stoppage time, forcing Saints to cling on for a point.

Reflecting on a night of high drama, Bazunu said: “I think the immediate sense is disappointment. To be two goals up with only eight, ten minutes to go and to concede two goals is really disappointing, but we’ve got to take the positives from it.

“You know, coming here away to the top team in the league and scoring three goals and putting in a really strong perfomance is something we’ve got to take positives from.

“It’s obvious from the performance the belief and the spirit we have as a team and the togetherness and if we continue to bring that fighting spirit into the last few games that we’ll get more points.

“Immediate feeling is obviously disappointment with only coming away with one instead of three points, but the manager has spoken to us and told us how well we’ve done to come here and score three goals and put a positive spin on it and we’ve got to take this and go into Thursday."