Southampton 1 – 1 Arsenal, a woeful performance
I’m in utter shock. After our 7-3 thrashing of Newcastle on the weekend, I was sure we’d get a solid result at St Mary’s today and really put pressure on the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea. But yet again when the going got tough, we bottled it.
We started off the game really well surprisingly and were forcing Southampton into making quite a few mistakes. However, we didn’t make it count and for the 30 minutes it was all Southampton. They were all over us thanks to terrible performances by Sagna and Podolski particularly.
We were punished for our complacency. It started off with a bad pass from Podolski which ended up with another bad pass by Sagna that gifted Gaston Ramirez an easy strike at goal that beat Szczesny. It was frankly embarrassing how we transitioned from attack to conceding a goal. 1-0.
We somehow equalised late into the first half. A free kick was awarded to us that was whipped in well by Walcott and it ended up being an own goal off Del Prado. It was completely undeserved by us but I wasn’t complaining. 1-1.
The second half was no better with absolutely no urgency or passing rhythm to our game. Wenger made substitutions but they did nothing to affect the game. The most telling bit of the entire game was that we got our first shot on target in the 78th minute. That is shocking.
In the end we were lucky not to lose the match and Szczesny is the only player that can be accredited for a decent performance. Everyone else was absolutely dreadful with special mentions for Podolski, Sagna and Cazorla. These are big players struggling against Southampton.
It really is starting to look like Arsenal will need some big signings in this window to get top 4 this season.