There was much frustration about yesterday for the Arsenal fans, from the players that couldn’t get past the Southampton defence, from the defenders that couldn’t deal with Charlie Austin, and from Arsene Wenger who was unhappy with the refereeing performance. We looked less likely to score as the game went on and it took our supersub to save a point for us once again as the time ticked away.
Another disappointing day for Arsenal, and yet again we come away from Southampton with just one point. The Gunners had 67% possession as usual and 11 shots at goal, but yet again we just couldn’t score more than one goal, and that was right at the end. I suppose, like Wenger, we should be happy we managed to salvage a draw in the end….
St Marys is always a difficult venue for Arsenal and as usual Southampton proved to be tough opponents, and it could have been so much worse if Olivier Giroud hadn’t got his trademark equalizer 2 minutes from the end. Arsene Wenger seemed rather relieved at the end of the game. “We could have lost the game and when you cannot win it you don’t lose it,” he said.
Charlie Austin gave Southampton the lead against Arsenal in the first three minutes and when he was one-on-one with Petr Cech just 4 minutes later he could have easily made it 2-0, pretty much the same as Man United did to us last week. Petr Cech managed to foil Austin on the second attempt and the Saints striker had yet another chance straight after that came off the post. Our big keeper was very unhappy with our defence after the game.
As I said in my preview, there is no way Arsenal fans can ever be confident going in to a game at St Marys against Southampton, it seemed like deja vu the Gunners were 1-0 down after just 2 minutes. Everyone was saying before the game that Charlie Austin was the man in form and so it proved as he received a lovely ball from Tadic in behind the Arsenal defence and poked it past Cech, although it was quite close to the big man and I thought he could have done better.
There was an excellent driving team performance from the Arsenal reserves last night in the destruction of BATE, and the focus was on our strikers as BATE rarely ventured into our half until the game was done and dusted. I really can’t say that anyone had a bad game…
Arsenal won 4-2 over in Belarus and beating BATE BORISOV 3-0 at half time it looks like the Belarus champions season is well and truly over now so they only had pride to play for in the second half.
Arsenal were set up to attack and they were obviously planning to go all out against a team that had only won 2 of their 32 away European games before today. The Gunners had a field day in the first leg, winning 4-2 over in Belarus and we were looking to score another hatful today.