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Arsenal pair join Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo in exclusive club

Arsenal pair Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney in an exclusive club following their side’s 3-3 draw with Southampton on Friday night.

The Gunners dropped two more vital points in their Premier League title race against the Saints, despite fighting back from 3-1 down in the second half to wrestle a draw at the Emirates Stadium.

It means that though they lead the Premier League by five points as it stands, but current champions Manchester City sit in second with two games in hand, and host Arsenal at the Eithad Stadium on Wednesday, knowing that any sort of result will leave the title in their hands.

But it was not all doom and gloom for the Gunners, with their young stars reaching a special milestone.

Gabriel Martinelli played a vital role in the comeback, scoring the first goal for the Gunners to halve the 2-0 deficit after 20 minutes to hand them a chance in the tie.

Assisted by Bukayo Saka, it took the Brazilian to 20 goal and assist contributions for the season (15 goals and 5 assists), a mark which his teammate on the opposite flank had already achieved (13 goals and 11 assists).

The Red Devils pair fired their side to the Premier League title in 2006/07, with Rooney managing 14 goals and 12 assists, while Ronaldo went just one short, registering 17 goals and 8 assists in the season.

Arsenal face a challenge to replicate that feat unless they win against Manchester City on Wednesday, but continue to set records in an excellent campaign under Mikel Arteta.

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Ben Browning

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