Monday Off? Let’s Go Out

Been a lazy couple of days. Too tired to go out but I was supposed to go out with a couple of friends but that got cancelled. And since I slept very little on Thursday & Friday nights, I slept in a bit yesterday. The folks and I had some fried chicken and I enjoyed a beer for dinner last night. Today has been light – watched a movie and took it easy. Tomorrow I might go out.

I’m a bit disappointed that the meet with my friends did not happen. I guess thinks just didn’t work out but I hate when stuff like that happens and plans that were made a day ago gets blown out. But I guess that is life and you deal with it. Anyway, I would like some pizza and not the Dominos / Pizza Hut style but some really good, individual restaurant/pizzeria stuff. I am thinking of going to either Lulu Mall and take in a movie and get a pizza from Bloomsbury or go to either Elements or 360 Degree and get a pizza from them (never been to 360 yet) and take in a movie at Cinepolis. We’ll see how it goes.

Tomorrow will be day 3 of the long weekend and I guess two days sitting at home is enough laziness. Let’s go out and have some fun.

Arsenal 2 Southampton 1

Santi Cazorla’s stoppage-time penalty gave Arsenal a dramatic victory over a determined Southampton side. Saints took the lead when Petr Cech tipped a Dusan Tadic free-kick onto the underside of the bar but the ball bounced in off the Gunners keeper. Laurent Koscielny equalised with a spectacular overhead kick after Cazorla’s corner was not cleared. The hosts toiled in attack but Cazorla won it for them after Jose Fonte was judged to have fouled Olivier Giroud. The result was harsh on Southampton, who were well-organised at the back and dangerous when they broke forward. Saints remain winless under new manager Claude Puel, while Arsenal are five points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, who beat Manchester United earlier on Saturday.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger gave debuts to both his recent signings, £35m centre-back Shkodran Mustafi and £17m forward Lucas Perez. A World Cup winner with Germany, Mustafi instantly looked comfortable in his new surroundings, having more touches (94) and playing more passes (86) than anyone else on the pitch, frequently stepping up into the Saints half when he was on the ball. But Spaniard Perez had a much quieter debut, failing to have a shot of any kind in the first half. His only effort at goal after the break was blocked and he was taken off after 63 mostly ineffective minutes. Wenger threw on Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and, eventually, Alex Iwobu too, but his side continued to struggle in front of goal until Fonte tangled with France striker Giroud and referee Robert Madley pointed to the spot.

Southampton are in the bottom three after failing to win any of their first four games of the season, but they were unfortunate not to pick up at least a point in north London. Shane Long was left on the bench until half-time but had three good chances in the second half. Arsenal begin their Champions League campaign on Tuesday, with a trip to play French champions Paris St-Germain, before another away game, at Hull, in the Premier League next Saturday. Arsenal scored with both of their shots on target in this match, from 17 shots in total. Arsenal are unbeaten in their past 22 home league games against Southampton (W16 D6). Koscielny became the fifth Arsenal player to score a Premier League goal on their birthday (after Paul Merson, Robert Pires, Yossi Benayoun and Cazorla). Arsenal are at 6th on 7 points, level with Liverpool.