Mikel Arteta admitted Arsenal “shot themselves within the foot” after Gabriel was despatched off of their 1-1 draw towards Southampton on Wednesday. With Arteta underneath intense strain after his aspect’s wretched latest run, the Arsenal supervisor was shifting uncomfortably on the touchline when Theo Walcott put Southampton forward within the first half on the Emirates Stadium.
Walcott’s purpose towards his troubled former membership was a painful twist of the knife, however Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended a run of 11 video games with no purpose in open play together with his second-half equaliser.
Arsenal needed to play the final 28 minutes with 10 males after Brazilian defender Gabriel was dismissed for a second reserving, however they held agency to keep away from the ignominy of a fifth successive dwelling league defeat.
“The boys got here out like we did three days in the past, we scored a very good purpose, on prime within the sport, and once more we shoot ourselves within the foot,” Arteta stated.
“Very upset as a result of in that second I used to be pondering to alter the centre-back immediately. We did not even have time to do this.
“Ultimately we bought a degree that contemplating the circumstances now we have to just accept.”
Whereas a degree was one thing of a aid for Arteta within the circumstances, his 50th sport in cost was hardly a trigger for celebration.
Arsenal are languishing in 15th place after seven defeats of their first 13 league video games and sit a lot nearer to the relegation zone than the highest 4.
Arteta insisted this week that he’s robust sufficient to deal with the strain of Arsenal’s worst begin to a season since 1974.
However the Gunners’ six-match winless league run leaves him engaged in a battle to save lots of his job heading into the hectic Christmas interval.
Within the circumstances, a uncommon purpose for Aubameyang was one thing for Arteta to carry onto as he appears for indicators of a revival.
“He wanted that confidence enhance. He’s very vital with himself, hopefully he can transfer and be extra optimistic sooner or later,” Arteta stated.
– Bereft of confidence –
Crushed at dwelling by Burnley on the weekend, Arsenal nonetheless seemed bereft of confidence.
Disorganised on the again and wanting management in midfield, Arteta’s group had been carved open with ease when Walcott put Southampton forward within the 18th minute.
In some way, it was inevitable that Walcott, who scored 108 targets for Arsenal between 2006 and 2018, could be the person so as to add to their miseries.
Arsenal carelessly surrendered possession and Che Adams made them pay with a effective move behind Kieran Tierney to select Walcott, who sprinted clear and clipped a cool end over Bernd Leno.
Aubameyang was nameless within the first half, sustaining a sample since he signed his new contract in September.
However when Arteta wanted him most, the Gabon ahead got here to his rescue with simply his fifth purpose of the season within the 52nd minute.
Bukayo Saka was the catalyst with an outstanding run previous three Southampton gamers down the left wing.
Eddie Nketiah took Saka’s move and guided the ball deftly into Aubameyang’s path and he stroked a cool end into the far nook from the sting of the realm.
Arteta’s aid was clear to see as he celebrated by punching the air.
However there was extra angst for Arteta within the 62nd minute as Gabriel was despatched off.
Responsible of getting too near Walcott, the winger’s nimble flip triggered a panicked deal with from the centre-back, who hauled him down and will don’t have any complaints about his early exit.
It was Arsenal’s second purple card in two video games, and the seventh of Arteta’s 12-month reign, following Granit Xhaka’s silly dismissal for grabbing Burnley’s Ashley Westwood across the neck.
In a tense finale, Southampton’s Nathan Redmond stretched to shoot towards the bar earlier than Arsenal defender Rob Holding hit the woodwork with a header in stoppage-time.
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