The euphoria of the last victory has died out as the Gunners faithful were brought back to earth in a crashing kick of reality. Arsenal were struggling to a 1-1 draw away against Southampton last night, a result that were seemingly lucky to get. The Gunners had to rely on an own goal from Southampton to save them the embarrassment of a defeat at a club they have an impressive win record against. But the home side were an attack minded and optimistic lost and thoroughly deserved their first half opening goal, after almost 20 minutes of being the better side. The Saints went ahead when Gaston Ramirez seized on a loose ball and drilled past Wojciech Szczesny. If you are an Arsenal fan watching at that point, you would have gone “oh shit, here we go again” and groaned in despair.
Arsenal were able to equalize before halftime thanks to Southhampton player Guly do Prado who diverted Theo Walcott’s free-kick into his own net. Ramirez thought he had given the hosts the lead but his sharp strike was ruled out for a foul on Laurent Koscielny. Theo Walcott cut a forlorn figure in an Arsenal side that was a pale imitation of the team that scored 15 goals in winning their previous four games. After Santi Cazorla had gone close with a dipping 30-yard strike Arsenal’s attacks repeatedly broke down in the final third. Their failings in possession enabled Southampton to grow in confidence and the opening goal reflected their increasing ascendancy in the game. Both managers made changes in a quest for a winning goal, with Arsenal substitute Gervinho firing into the side netting and Mikel Arteta going close from 25 yards. Puncheon then had a late chance to win the match for Southampton but he fired straight at Szczesny and the home side had to settle for a point.
Wenger should be wondering how the defense is gonna improve and how he needs to strengthen the squad. But I really feel that it is is his attitude and policy that has led Arsenal to be a shadow of it’s former self. I hope the next match is much better.