Arsenal struggles continue…so is our hope

Full-time result

Arsenal

Aubameyang P. (52′)

1

1

Southampton

Walcott T. (18′)

MATCH STATS

Ball Possession: 35% – 65%

Goal Attempts: 9 – 13

Shots on Goal: 4 – 3

Shots off Goal: 3 – 8

Blocked Shots: 2 – 2

Free Kicks: 14 – 13

Corner Kicks: 2 – 7

Offsides: 1 – 1

Goalkeeper Saves: 2 – 3

Fouls: 13 – 13

Red Cards: 1 – 0

Yellow Cards: 3 – 3

Total Passes: 340 – 632

Tackles: 9 – 11

Attacks: 83 – 97

Dangerous Attacks: 27 – 59

Another heartbreaking night of premier league football, another point dropped by the Gunners. This season has seen a below-par performance from the Gunners, and this game was no different. The only positive was Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s first goal from open play since the league’s opening day. Gabriel Magalhaes, the most stable defender in the Gunners’ ranks this season, saw red for a very careless fowl on Their Walcott.

The first half was rusty, with both teams going close to scoring. Still, Southampton broke the deadlock in the 20th minute when former Arsenal man Theo Walcott latched onto a through ball from Che Adams and chipped the ball over an onrushing Leno to put the saints in front. Arsenal found their feet after that, Nicholas Pepe bending a shot outside the far post from the right, but it was in the second half that Arsenal found the equalizer.

In the 52nd minute, Bukayo Saka dribbled his way past three defenders and traded the ball for Nketiah, who made a nice flick on for Aubameyang to score and put the Gunners level. Moments later, Gabriel Magalhaes got a second yellow card for Walcott’s tackle on the halfway line. The closing stages saw a late surge from both teams as Southampton hit the woodwork from Nathan Redmond while Rob Holding headed across onto the crossbar as Arsenal held on for a single point.

The Gunners’ disciplinary record continues as Magalhaes will miss Everton’s trip on Saturday alongside Granit Xhaka, who continues to serve his three-match suspension.

Arsenal were lucky not to lose a record fifth straight home match in a match they were expected to collect all three points. Time is fast running out on Mikel Arteta to get things right!

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on what he can do to boost confidence...

Just to play with freedom and enjoy the profession as well, and to be accountable when you go on that pitch, that you do your best. Then there are a lot of things we cannot control. I try to protect them as much as possible and give them comfort. You see there were four or five situations in the first half where we were around the box, inside the six-yard box and we should’ve finished the action with a goal. It is lacking. In the second half Auba scored and hopefully this unlocks a little bit because that individual is a player who needs that moment. Hopefully things will change now.

~ Mikel Arteta

WHAT’S NEXT

It’s a rapid turnaround as we prepare for a trip to the northwest to take on Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday evening.

After that, we host Manchester City at Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, before Chelsea travel across London for our Boxing Day clash.

COYG!!!

Match Review by Patrick Alexander