Opinion – Time for some perspective as Arsenal prepare to take on Southampton

Arsenal will beat Southampton on Saturday, that you can take to the bank.

Reading some of the comments on here and elsewhere you would have thought Arsenal were not sixth and were in the relegation zone.

You would have thought it was Arsenal that conceded nine goals on their own turf against Leicester City, You would have thought it was Arsenal that was on -18 goals this season.

I mean, come on now.

Arsenal is having a bad season but only by their own standards, not by Southampton’s standard.

I acknowledge Arsenal lost a two-goal lead to the then bottom side Watford. lost away to Sheffield United and so on.

You would have to be blind not to have noticed the dull, lacklustre, boring performances that we have seen this season.

But please, let’s get some perspective for a minute.

Arsenal rarely loses at home in the Premier League, they have lost just once in their last 24 home games and drawn just six. Compare that to the two losses at home for Man City in their last 16 home games.

Of course, Arsenal cannot be complacent, Southampton does pose a certain level of danger. That I think we can all agree.

However, we are not talking about a team in any sort of decent form, we are not talking about a watertight defence, we are not talking about prolific goalscorers.

No, we are talking about a very poor team and even an underperforming Arsenal side should easily beat the Saints.

There are enough reasons for us to be negative as Arsenal fans but there has to be a limit surely. We cannot ignore the facts here. Compared to Liverpool we are definitely an average side. Compared to Southampton we are a top side.

I am 100% confident that Arsenal will beat Southampton and beat them easily. I do not ignore the mess we are in but I am looking at this with some degree of perspective. We are bad, we are not that bad.


  1. Th14 says:

    I agree that this is going to be an easy game. Auba will score a hat trick

    1. GunneRay says:

      Make the most of Th14 if he does. According to Sky, Auba is snubbing any contract offers from Arsenal as he waits for interest from someone like Barcelona!

      Oh dear, here we go again..

      1. patH says:

        It was also reported in the Spanish press that Barcelona were interested in Auba to replace Luis Suarez. It also claims Auba has instructed his agent not to continue any further contract talks with Arsenal. I fully expect Lacca to take the same stance. It does not take a genius to think both the players are waiting for the outcome of the managerial mess.

    2. sk says:

      😑 it’s like we gooners never learn…there’s no easy
      game for this current Arsenal team/manager

  2. gotanidea says:

    Emery’s Arsenal are very strong at home. Emery should have utilized his attacking fullbacks like what Lauren and Cole did against Juventus:


    Lauren and Cole were very skillful, with incredible dribbling ability and lung-busting stamina. Bellerin and Tierney might be able to launch similar attacks, if they can communicate with their wingers

    1. Tony says:

      No matter what I like you as a friend, with your posts for they make me laugh instantly.
      Now giving an idea on what you just stated now via utilizing our two wing backs Bellerin and Tierney; I’d say that’s the same idea have been having up my head and been wanting to see and observe it happening. I so much trust Tierney making it happen more than Pepe for us right away.
      Well I still think The Saints are gonna score us for I don’t see a clean shit happening. IMO.

  3. Jim wall says:

    I just cant see this being a big win for us.
    I can see it 1-1 or a scrappy 2-1 win for us ,either result and emery has to go ,the way were playing any of the top 6 would beat us comfortably….

  4. We will win but it will be hard fought the way Arsenal is playing right now. I only hope Emery doesnt muddle in his formation/selection for this easy home game. Easy?

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