A lucky win does not mean Arsenal can challenge for the title by DN
I certainly agree with Arsene Wenger when he said that he was relieved when we got a last minute penalty to finally grab the three points against Southampton, who are still yet to win a game this season, but there is no possible way that Le Prof can say that we dominated the Saints in my opinion.
As far as I am an concerned we were very lucky to win the game in the end, but of course Wenger likes to look at the positive side of things and hopes that this win will help us to be more confident for the rest of the season. Wenger said after the game: “Look, we had a little bit of a slow start and after 20 minutes we were 1-0 down, so we came back well into the game and we had a good response. In the second half I felt we dominated well again and created many dangerous situations but couldn’t score.
“Because we threw everything forward we were always a little bit under threat on the counter-attack of Southampton and in the end we got the penalty, so it’s a relief. When you lose your first home game, you cannot afford to drop points in the second home game because it creates a little bit of anxiety at home and that’s not what we really want.
“It is a win after Watford, that is two wins together. If we can put a few wins together, of course that will help us to be more confident and to get to a very fluent level like we want to play.”
Let’s be honest, after our easy win against Watford we expected a much more comfortable game today, especially as most of our starters hadn’t even been on international duty. Our new players were not that impressive, and our regular players were not much better.
The only positive I can find is that we finally beat Southampton after not scoring against them for the last three meetings, but if we are totally honest, it was not impressive and we don’t look like title challengers, despite Wenger thinking we now have a “complete squad”.
Seriously can anyone else see any positives after that performance?