Our 22 match unbeaten streak finally came to an end this weekend with a 3-2 defeat at St. Marys at the hands of what seems to be a bit of a bogey side these days; Southampton.
As soon as I saw a tweet on Sunday morning about the ‘demolition of Southampton’ I knew things weren’t going to go our way and given recent visits to the South coast have rarely ended well for us I thought that was tempting fate just a bit too much, and I was to be proved right.
I bet the Polish Southampton fans were piling on the cash via kod promocyjny sts 2018 as they rubbed their hands at the prospect of facing Arsenal again given our miserable form at St Mary’s in recent years.
We were never at the races, and with Sokratis and Mustafi both stupidly suspended for the game and the ring-rusty Koscielny back in the fold, things never really got going, and with injuries to Bellerin and Lichtsteiner on the day, we were always going to struggle.
Danny Ings had put Saints ahead twice and Henrikh Mkhitaryan had equalised twice before Bernd Leno came out and flapped at a routine cross which allowed Charlie Austin to see the ball home for what proved to be the winner.
We’d left it too late to react for a third time and we left St. Mary’s empty handed once more.
So many poor, poor stats, this win was Southampton’s SECOND in 2018 at home, first home win of the season and this win takes them out of the bottom three. I know we should be beating teams like this, but you can always tell when we won’t and Sunday was one of those days in so many ways.
For me once again, Iwobi was poor, losing the ball too many times trying tricks and flicks when he can’t actually do them. Özil was poor when he came on despite a couple of assists in his short cameo, Lacazette and Aubameyang were equally as poor, it just wasn’t happening this week. Going behind three times isn’t the way forward and the game now means we STILL haven’t led in a league game this season at half time.
Our defensive crisis lurches from bad to worse with the news ahead of yesterday’s game that Kolasinac was also injured, meaning we went for Bellerin and Monreal at the back with Koscielny, Lichtsteiner and Xhaka in the centre, so hardy a surprise we lost really especially given two of that makeshift defence also went off injured!
We turn our attention to the League Cup this week with our noisy neighbours back to The Emirates fresh from their rather fortunate last minute winner against Burnley at the weekend. Then we host Burnley ourselves this coming weekend were yet another tough game awaits. December seems to be the new November for Arsenal.