A bad day at the office as two goals from Danny Ings and a late winner from Charlie Austin condemned the Gunners to a first defeat since August despite two goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

There’s also bad news on the injury front as both Hector Bellerin and Stephan Lichtsteiner picked up knocks with the Spaniard set to miss the whole of the festive period with a calf strain.

Read the Southampton 3-2 Arsenal match report and see the goals here

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lordMartynz
lordMartynz

Even though suspension made it difficult for us, I still think we got it wrong with the formation though, playing three at the back was a bad move.. Our game is usually stifled when we play without Xhaka in the middle… We will pick up from here and have another run of decent unbeaten games.. Another learning curve.

noel
noel

i think the original plan was to play monreal as the LCB but sead’s late injury forced emery to move xhaka to the back 3

DB’s first touch
DB’s first touch

Would rather we had kept Monreal at LCB and brought AMN in for Sead. I think it was clear we missed Xhaka in the middle and Iwobi and Mkhitaryan had too little of the ball in the first half because of that. It could have been fixed too when bellerin went off and we switched to a back 4 by having AMN come in and sliding Monreal to CB

Upstate Gooner
Upstate Gooner

Spot on

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I don’t think Emery wanted 2/3 of our back 3 to be 2 small fullbacks.
In hindsight, that proved to be the case as Saints had a lot of luck targeting us through crosses (all 3 goals came from there).

Xhaka was added there because he wanted physical presence and height to combat that, and logically that made sense as that’s exactly what Saints targeted. Every argument they would’ve been more success with Monreal as a LCB next to Kos and Litch.

Kartik Iyer
Kartik Iyer

Even though xhaka has height I don’t think he’s good enough to mark strikers and win headers. He lets people get past way too easy. But that’s okay, it’s not his job. Would have been better to play Nacho and koscielny in a back 4 or we could have kept xhaka as lwb in a back 3. Even better why not use one of the youth players like maybe medley or pleguezuelo who are actually CBs? When will they get a chance if not when ur having a defensive crisis. Why play players outta position or let injuries force your hand into the market when we have good enough youth players who have done a good job when called upon?

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I don’t completely disagree, I just don’t understand the complaints of Xhaka at CB when he was our best of the 3 CBs today and was not at fault for any of the goals, mean whilst Monreal was partially at fault for one for not closing down and Kos (not match fit) was at fault for 2 of the goals Just seems odd for people to zero in on Xhaka at CB as if he was bad. I’m just saying I understand why Emery did it.

I personally will always prefer playing talented but inexperienced youth at the right position than experienced players out of position. So yeah, I’d like to see Medley (Julio is injured). Just saying that the argument of Monreal at CB as the answer doesn’t make sense as we were getting dominated in the air.

Upstate Gooner
Upstate Gooner

Playing 3 in the back against Soton with Xhaka out of position was a bit… umm… cautious and dumb. Kosc and Monreal would have done the job better, IMHO. And starting Iwobi is like losing a sub right away. It’s been proven time and time again that we’re better with Lacazette out there. We definitely rode our luck during this 22 game unbeaten streak but it finally ran out. Leno got exposed… and Kosc… well, I’m sorry to say but his career was over the second his ACL was raptured.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

We failed to jump on three occasions and get punished three times by a bottom club, which haven’t won a home game in 8 month. And with the other top 4 contenders winninh, this is difficult to swallow….

Dip
Dip

disappointing. team looked fatigued which is worrying for the festive period but COYG!

First loss since August is progress so lets stick with the lads. Lots more games to play

Clockendrider
Clockendrider

Nearly all this team had the week off. Fatigue is just not a realistic excuse. Tottenham played nearly all of their first team away this week and still managed to screw a win. Its not about fatigue. Its about mentality. Too many of these players are Wengers mentally weak players. It will take a good 2 or 3 transfer periods before we weed them out.

Jack
Jack

a player of Auba’s quality and reputation should be scoring the chances he missed today.

Gio
Gio

He does miss a lot of good chances, but he’s always been this way and probably won’t change.

He just creates so many chances for himself with his movement and pace that he ends up with a lot of goals, despite wasting a lot of chances.

Upstate Gooner
Upstate Gooner

Sorry, Gio, but that is the difference between winning and losing.

123
123

A good striker should take his chances

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

@ Jack. Agreed mate. He should have had a hat trick today, as he should have had every game for the last 3 months. He’s missing way too many clear cut chances

Bimal Bhattarai
Bimal Bhattarai

Bonus ratings?

Bimal
Bimal

*Rating

Deano

Thorough analysis on Mkhitaryan performance bloggs.

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

I have to admit, I do not enjoy watching Iwobi play football at the moment. Sad for Kos, he should have been eased back into it, but the circumstances forced him to start. Ultimately, we need more control in midfield. I struggle to see the benefits of a fit Xhaha played out of position.

Woolwich Shepherd
Woolwich Shepherd

Feel bad for Kos. Love the guy. I hope he can get back to full fitness, but I worry his Achilles has permanently altered his ability to jump. Mkhitaryn seems to be growing into the team. Excellent work rate. Ozil brought nothing to the team.

GraeB
GraeB

Sorry but this is the same Kos we’ve seen before, poor positioning for crosses and outmuscled in the box by strong forwards. Let’s blame Mustafi for stupid dive last week and Socratis for stupid challenges.

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

Thank you GraeB.
I rated Koscielny 0.5! Although Leno had a hand on second (bad position) it looked exactly the same goal as the first. Didn’t Koscielny learn from the first where he was positioned about 2 yards too far in front of Ings?
Third? Where was our “Rock-Solid Captain”???? Having a kip!!! I know it’s classified as Leno’s Mistake (rightly so), but Koscielny is not chicken spring and should be head and shoulders Leader.
With people that are going to thumb me down because he just came back from injury, his extremely poor positioning the entire game has nothing to do with injury. Today for the first time this season, I felt like we were back to Arsene Wenger days… Everytime Southampton attacked us, we looked like conceding.

Upstate Gooner
Upstate Gooner

Love Ozil but I have to agree here. However, I think it’s as much Ozil’s fault as it is Emery’s. Him and Mikhi play pretty much the same position and just occupy each other’s space. Ramsey would have been a much better choice.

Gio
Gio

Watch Ozil for the third goal during the turnover. I’m sorry, but that is unacceptable. He could have easily won the ball back.

Kostas
Kostas

Yes but he was great against Leicester so it doesn’t matter

Upstate Gooner
Upstate Gooner

Right… and Leno had absolutely nothing to do with it

eddymc2
eddymc2

I’m very worried about Iwobi. I think the “revival/rebirth” talk was premature, as he’s as frustrating to watch as Gervinho was, and he’s at Adama Traore levels of [lack of] end product – we actually got more output, on average, from Gervinho.

Mrnkrm
Mrnkrm

Why do you specifically compare with black players

eddymc2
eddymc2

Not a racial thing. First, my concern for Iwobi is two-fold, as I’m Nigerian and he also plays for my national team. Then, as for the comparison, as I watched the game I noticed I felt the same with him today as I did when watching Gervinho years ago. I thought “he’s just another Gervinho” but then again, Arsenal is a blip in Gervinho’s career, actually – he’s been good everywhere else, including currently at Parma. That’s why I made the point of highlighting Gervinho’s output was better even for us.

eddymc2
eddymc2

(my initial response to this appears to have been moderated into oblivion and I don’t know why). To summarize – I’m Nigerian, like Iwobi; Gervinho WAS frustrating too but actually had numbers on his side, unlike Iwobi. Additionally, Traore is notoriously wasteful for such a good dribbler.

Desert Gooner
Desert Gooner

Bore off Mrnkrm! I think that’s a fair observation. Both are attacking players and Iwobi is in danger of becoming a player of unfulfilled potential … like Gervinho!

Tommy Gunner
Tommy Gunner

Pipe down mate and don’t try to create an issue where there isn’t one

eddymc2
eddymc2

Dear Arseblog, can you please let my responses out of moderation jail? People are upvoting a suggestion that I’m potentially [email protected] against because I used some fairly obvious comparisons to make a point about a specific player. I think my explanation clears that up.

eddymc2
eddymc2

Iwobi plays for my national team hence I care double; Gervinho was just as frustrating but actually produced more; Adama is notorious for having no end product.

Reality check
Reality check

I know what you are implying but I don’t think there is any thing malicious in that comment. I think the word “frustrating” was the key. Gervinho, Adama and Iwobi have a lot more in common other than just frustrating the heck out of people because of not being consistant. Pace, strength, dribbling and a sense of untapped-wasted potential are other similar qualities they share.

Woolwich Shepherd
Woolwich Shepherd

Yeah, what’s up with Iwobi? All of a sudden looks out of his depth. Seems to be unclear of his role. I suppose if he landed that curler in the upper corner we’d be saying something different, but it just wasn’t enough. I guess the run had to end at some point but losing from a Charlie Austin header is like a kick in the nuts.

eddymc2
eddymc2

Blogs, please publish my responses to my accuser below, please? They’re harmless and explanatory.

eddymc2
eddymc2

[draws breath] Take 3…

1. I’m Nigerian. My concern for Iwobi is two-fold. He plays for my national team.

2. His performances lately bring up the same feelings I had when Gervinho played for us – not good. But on reflection today, Gervinho actually produced for us far more than Iwobi ever has. I felt I should highlight that.

3. Adama Traore is a gifted dribbler, but he’s notoriously wasteful. It seemed a fair comparison.

Love Jackie
Love Jackie

I think the criticism of Iwobi is really off. He gets a lot of stick around here. The boy is our most erratic player. Many laud the Mahrezs and the Helder Costas for their skill and trickery, but forget that for every two wonderful instances the attempt creates, there will be one or some that may go terribly. He brings something no other player in this team can manage. He doesn’t lose possession any more than Ozil or misplace passes any more than Xhaka does under pressure.

I thought taking him off was erroneous today. Ozil and Mhiki are practically the same players. They pass and find space. Mhiki should have made way for Ozil if at all the Turk had to play. When Iwobi was taken off, we took off our difference as we are a team of passers and runners. Sadly.

jon

Let’s tread lightly.. Özil is German.

Gio
Gio

I don’t think i’ll ever forget now that eddymc2 is Nigerian, Gervinho was frustrating and Adams Trapre has no end product.

eddymc2
eddymc2

Heh 😀

My bad, but the moderation made me desperate to get some clarity out there…it’s pretty scary being labeled as one thing you’re not because you expressed a relatively balanced opinion.

Jude

Iwobi played well… Could have done better though like everyone else. Leaning back to take that curler from Aubameyang’s backheel was a goof. That said, it is ok to lose too. No one wins them all. Let’s support the lads through this moment of “reality check”…

I see progress…

Gordy
Gordy

If Iwobi had scored what was an easy chance for a decent player we would have been ahead and probably would have won. He is not good enough. Although Leno is a good shot stopper teams will now send in as many high crosses as possible. For the second week in a row teams have been allowed by the ref to kick us.

Buteo
Buteo

The refs seems to think its ok for hard playing teams to kick us around without any reactions. This has cost us several injuries, and points…..

scott rice
scott rice

I agree that this referee allowed too many fouls to go unpunished. In some cases yellow card fouls didn’t even result in a free kick. Sky TV did not even mention Ing’s late challenge on Koscielny which had Kos in pain. I think I detected Kos limping for the next few minutes (including when he tried to catch Ing for the first goal. The same player should have received a second yellow for a foul on Guendouzi. I think it was one of the worst refereeing performances for a long while. Perhaps he thought the Saints were managed by Alex Ferguson!

Dr Zebra
Dr Zebra

Though of course Leno was at fault for their 3rd goal, we can’t discount how much we missed our matchfit central defenders for each of their goals. Not to blame Kos, it’s just a lot to come into after being out for so long

ricky rick
ricky rick

Learning game, looked like everything was going against us but we hang in there – we battled. Compare this with the meek 4-0 there a few years ago.

Give Kos a break, he just came back. I think he just struggled to jump/get off the ground and so he went with his foot instead of heading the ball away for the first goal. If you miss a few headers, this meant Leno couldn’t trust him in the last goal, probably felt he had to come rather than repeat the mistake of the first goal. That said, our attacking play was too disjointed (and has been for a few games) and auba should have put his chances away, ozil didn’t help much. Something needs to change.

Matt
Matt

Things will change with more new players brought by Emery and the new scouting ppl. This season will go like this but top 4 looks very possible anyway

ricky rick
ricky rick

For sure. We’re still performing ok for a transition season, hope we can survive the Xmas period and be within touching distance. Past that, I have full faith in the history of the Tottenham.

JoolzyBergkamp
JoolzyBergkamp

Emery got it wrong today
Xhaka and LK6 … BAD CHEMISTRY at CB. Monreal at CB would have been better for LK6.

Woolwich Shepherd
Woolwich Shepherd

I wondered the same thing. Montreal at CB seemed more sensible. Maitland-Niles on the left could have started. Is Mavropanos hurt or on loan? He looked promising at the end of last season.

Woolwich Shepherd
Woolwich Shepherd

Monreal

GraeB
GraeB

Been injured for ages.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

As stated above, it appears Emery’s logic was that he was concerned Saints would target our defence with crosses and physicality, which is exactly what they did and how they scored all 3 headers. Xhaka was added for height, so I don’t see how Monreal there would’ve prevented that. There’s every argument they would’ve been even more successful with the crosses.

sinned
sinned

1. Monreal reads the game better than Xhaka, which leads to better defensive positioning, so would probably have been a more secure partner for a rusty Koscielny.

2. Height does not equal aerial ability; there are several players who are relatively short but extremely good in the air, e.g. Cahill and Icardi. I’d say Monreal is significantly better in the air than Xhaka, not for his height, but his timing. Danny Ings is not especially tall (actually shorter than Monreal) but scored from two brilliantly taken headers, due to timing and movement, not height.

GuendouziBallonD'Or
GuendouziBallonD'Or

Emery got it all wrong from the start. Back 3 is not working for us at the moment, and we could have put anyone instead of Kos out there and would have had a better result. Emery NEEDS to find a way to fit Ozil, Laca, Auba, and Mhiki in the same team. Iwobi has potential, but he has been very poor recently. Mhiki is a proven player, and although Blogs doesn’t rate him :), he is a player that can provide end product and work his socks off for the team.

Viv
Viv

Mkhi apart from goals today,he offered nothing…no through pass,no creativity,nothing….and I wonder what Lichtsteiner is doing …should have gone for a young right back from a relegation team instead of him.
I still think we should be played Ozil instead of mkhi

Cesc

Wasn’t it him who created the chance that Auba wasted with a lovely pass?

Matt P
Matt P

Yeah but don’t let that get in the way of bashing ‘the Armenian’

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

Mkhitaryan???
Apart from 2 goals, fantastic passes to Aubameyang and (I think was) Lacazetteand working his backside off all game, yeah! I agree with you, he was awful!
What game were you watching?
Our worse performers today were Koscielny, Iwobi, and Aubameyang… in that order

Viv
Viv

See when emery flogs Mkhi in the summer…

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Mkhitaryan is pretty good and at least has a spark of energy and creativity to run at defenders and make quick clever passes

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

“Emery NEEDS to find a way to fit Ozil, Laca, Auba, and Mhiki in the same team”

I don’t like like this logic.
All evidence has shown that you simply can’t fit in all 3, I don’t see the need of simply demanding Emery “somehow” make it work like he’s some kind of magician, whilst ignoring all the evidence that cramming in all of them simply doesn’t provide enough balance.

And Iwobi has zero end product, unquestionably. However he’s currently our best dribbler in a squad with none, which is why he plays.

Dylan
Dylan

We were shite

Shank

Three late challenges in a row just before their first goal….. poor refereeing

Chuffy
Chuffy

Very generous with the players ratings. I thought we were very poor. I’ll give credit to 3 players who at least did ok. Torreira, Xhaka and Mhkitarian. The rest were very poor, desperation throwing Koscielny back in for this game, he was so off the pace. You can’t blame him or the manager necessarily for him being played, but it really showed, our defence was all over the place and we made them look better than us in the final third, because we offered next to nothing at the other end. Emery however has to take responsibility with his team selection and tactics, as its the only reason I can see why we have not been ahead in the first half of ANY match in the league. I appreciate he’s trying to put his mark on the team, but we are starting every match the same way. No penetration, slow build up, strikers coming deep to get the ball and then losing it and more importantly ZERO width. We need a winger, if not in January, then definitely in the summer. Bellerin has pace, but most defenders can keep up with him so he rarely beats his man anymore, Kolasinac has shown recently he can bomb down the wing, but its too direct and relies on his momentum rather than dribbling. Auba is not a winger, he tries, but he struggles with his back to goal, he’s much better running on to the ball. And I’m sorry, but Iwobi has reverted to his struggles again. He panics like mad when he’s in and around the box and i’m not sure he will ever develop a high level end product. Is this good enough for us? If we want to be 5th or 6th, then sure, but if we want top 4 or higher then we need better players than Iwobi. Mislintat will have his eye out for defenders no doubt, because the personnel we have is not good enough, it hasn’t been for years and Emery cannot polish them any more, they are what they are. He needs a good transfer window to reset the defence and improve on the wide players, full backs included. If he buys, just for numbers, then this is Arsenal for the foreseeable, because we don’t have enough quality. Right now I’d say we are playing to our best potential, despite Emery saying we can improve, the table shows it, we’re better than everyone below us. But the teams above us have just that bit more. Lets be honest here, aside from the 4-2 thrashing of Sp*rs and 5-1 of a championship bound Fulham, we’ve had to dig ourselves back from every game to get points. This screams at a lack of preparation and players pushing every ounce of their energy to get going. Bad day today, lets go again on Wednesday.

GraeB
GraeB

Hell of a paragraph!

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Wall.
Of.
Text.

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

And…breathe

Big Sheezy
Big Sheezy

In all fairness to the back line, I knew we didn’t stand a chance when my wife walked in the room and plopped her fat ass down. As soon as she hit the sofa, southhampton scored their third. We never stood a chance. I’ve since packed her bags and called her a cab. Brighter days ahead from here on out.

Woolwich Shepherd
Woolwich Shepherd

Dude. She’s your wife. Show some respect.

PodB
PodB

Saints alive, you should blame the cat, not the wife. Leno’s cat flap for the third for example.
Had to happen sooner or later, we have been riding our luck for ages, apart from the spuds game. Hopefully do them over this week to get back on track. And Manure were smashed by Liverpool so not all bad. Got to harden the fuck up over Xmas-New Year to say in top four race tho. Kind draw should see us do that if we HTFU.

Espen
Espen

Really bad timing to miss both center backs, if only one of them are available.

TechBatty
TechBatty

Southampton were more energetic all over the pitch. They pushed us backwards – we struggled to play through their press, giving up possession time after time. Can’t understand why it took so long to hook Iwobi, and why it wasn;t Ramsey who replaced him. We had a makeshift defence and lacked control in the middle which exposed them.

hahahaha

Is it just me or has having Kos and Nacho back in the defence really smh reverted us to that lackluster defensive “build up” we had around the end if Wenger’s tenure?
Ik he coming back from a big injury, but I genuinely thought he always wasn’t great in the air at reading crosses.
If Lichtsteiner won all he did the way he is playing now, then that either speaks much about Seire A or he is an absolute shadow of himself because Hector is 10x the player he is already.
And why can’t Guendouzi just keep it simple and forward, that was what he was praised for at the beginning wasn’t it? He was an Elneny today with pointless running and sidways passing.
And I wouldn’t blame Ozil for any of what happened today, he tried sth it obviously didn’t work out but the fact is the entire team was sub par to say the least for the whole game.
Southampton of all people? Southampton?!

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

We knew before the game that we will struggle at the back so we should have started with the team that can retain possession. Koscielny was literally thrown straight into the one of the most physical games in the season and it is just sad that our fanbase criticize him that much. It is also time that Cech comes back into the starting lineup. I hope that fans who were so critical of him can also now be critical of Leno. He had his chances and he made quite a few mistakes. Cech was great at the start of the season and he deserves to come back.

It can be said that Wenger favoured Ramsey and we can also say that Emery favours Guendouzi. Imo the only logical explanation that we played two players out of the position is just for the sake of playing young Frenchmen. He is good for his age but not that good that he should play almost every game.

Is it just me or Koscielny aged like a lot in those 9 months? He looks way older today than he did last season.

Cesc

I won’t crucify Leno for his very questionable decision, but his spot on the lineup really needs to be questioned. He got in because of Cech’s injury and this whole narrative of being an expensive signing who’s 25 years old, rather than on performance. He’s made mistakes against Liverpool – 2 of them (van dijk missed the header), against spurs and now today as well. He hasn’t really made a of “top” saves, like the one he made today. This is not a knee-jerk reaction. I’ve had the same view for weeks now. I would be happy for Leno to prove me wrong.

A good showing by Mkhi today. We shouldn’t forget that after moving from Dortmund, he hasn’t been played in his favoured No.10 position.

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

What is the target Unai has set for Iwobi..All he does is 10 step overs in all the matches and nothing else..his shooting is always bad and wrt to crosses I think monreal and kola has more accuracy.

WellArsed
WellArsed

Not a easy game – to play or to watch. What the hell’s the deal with Özil? One spectacular game against Leicester but otherwise he’s been utterly dreadful. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to seem him moved on for loss at the first opportunity.

Charvakan

We shouldn’t have loaned out Chambers. But here we are. Xhaka at CB seemed like begging for a PK, but give the guy credit. He’s actually pretty good in the air. Shocking game all in all. If this form starts to become a habit, bring up some of the kids.

GraeB
GraeB

Have you seen Fulham?

Tinygiant
Tinygiant

Is it fair to say that we actually missed Mustafi today? The man who has scored two goals and won the most aerial duels for Arsenal.

GraeB
GraeB

Shame he dived through the air last week then.

Vonnie
Vonnie

He was kicked on his foot while he was in the air, it wasn’t a dive.

GraeB
GraeB

and Son’s?

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

For all the talk of the window, we’re not gonna go and buy a whole new squad next month.
Emery has done wonders so far, but I fear this squad is gonna run out of steam. Our squad isn’t as big as we think, and I’m hoping Emery leans on some of our youth because we’re going to have to depend on them, due to fitness and fatigue leading to a lack of form.

The likes of Smith-Rowe, Maitland-Niles, Eddie, maybe even Saka, and hopefully some CBs can step up like Medley if Mavros doesn’t get fit soon.

We look like we’re going to be spent soon.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

For everyone who are saying that we are so much better. Just to compare the first 17 games:

Defending:
2018/19: 23 goals, 3 clean sheets (facing 12,6 shots per game)
2017/18: 19 goals, 8 clean sheets (faced 8,3 shots per game),

Attacking:
2018/19: 37 goals (13,1 shots per game)
2017/18: 29 (17 shots per game)

Summary: How can people say that we are better defensively than last year? This year we are constantly letting chances but luckily we are not punished like we were last year for every mistake we made. On the other hand we are way more efficient this season than last one but we are making less chances. Referees have been very kind to us this season, last year we lost at least 10 points in the first half of the season because of them. But all I hear is how much we are better than the last year. We are not, we just have more luck. There are of course things that we are better at it but there are also a lot of things we are worse.

My message is that don’t overhype like we always do. Let’s wait till the end of the season and then evaluate.

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

I’m not arguing about facts and stats, but when you call us “Lucky” it made me chuckle.
We constantly are on the wrong end of the refs decision, being last season or this season. I’d be curious to know (if you’re kindly inclined) about the stats of penalties we conceded and won, last season and this season.
At the first half, in the space of under a minute, we had 3 players laying on the floor hurt because of their Stoke-esque tackles and I suspect that 2 of those tackles deserved yellow, but the ref didn’t even award a fee kick, let alone cards. Now, I’ve got a memory of gold fish, but in recent games, I remember a few teams have tried to kick us off the park and very very rarely I’ve seen them getting yellows for it. When we do half of what the other team is doing to us, Ref cannot be quick enough to show the yellow.
Ps. To Grae B. Hazard and Ali keep diving twice in every single match, week in week out, but hardly get any yellow card, but we’ve got 3 yellow cards in one game, and…No! Mustafi did Not dive! He had his foot kicked at!

MrT
MrT

Wrong formation & players
Leno
Bellerin-Kos-Mon-Niles
Guen-Tor-Xhaka
Ozil
Laca-Auba
4-3-1-2
That would of won the game !!!

PTAFC

We thought we were the dogs bollocks when we beat the homeless and thought we’d won the champions league! Been poor since but hopefully we’ll show the same reaction as we did before. Hopefully the boss will ram home the fact that you get the same number of points no matter who you beat

Anshul
Anshul

Leno: 10 starts- 3 errors leading to a goal, 1 clean sheet.
All this good with feet thing allowing us to build play from the back is ok but he is making way too frequent mistakes for my liking.
Time to get Cech back in the league?

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Yes

baz00r
baz00r

We were gonna lose at some point. Just annoying that is was Southampton away and not a more difficult game but hey, still within touching distance of 4th so not all hope is lost. Sokratis and Mustafi are back from next week so that’s a plus (I know it’s hard to say having Mustafi is a plus but in this case it is!)

santori
santori

Its Mustafi’s fault.

Ozil is shit bc clearly Leno could not do anything for the third goal.

Koscielny is going to play for us till he is 45.

etc etc.

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

LOL @ Santori.
You forgot Xhaka. It’s Xhaka’s fault for Auba not scoring because he distracted him and Global Warming

George
George

We were garbage and got what we deserved.

Still can’t fathom why Iwobi gets so much playing time.

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

Simple. He’s the only genuine winger we’ve got in our club

George
George

Apparently you can’t mention the Arseblog darling that is Iwobi without the post going to moderation.

It happens every single time.

George
George

Ramsey is great.

George
George

Oh look, no mention of I**bi, and no moderation. What a farce.

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

Lmao

Puzz
Puzz

So if I’m understanding all these comments correctly,
– Leno is questionable
– Kos is past it and was never that good anyway
– auba ( the premier league’s top scorer) Isn’t a top striker
– Ozil is garbage and should be sold!!!(What the fucking fuck)
-iwobi isn’t premier league quality

Get real guys. We just played a game with 4 of the 5 recent regular defenders missing, Two 33 year olds playing their first match in months, and two more injuries to defenders during the match. We were always going to concede a few in this match.Had Auba got a toe on that chance in the 81st minute and Arsenal won we’d be raving about the heart and resilience of this team, instead we are scapegoating individuals.

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

Mate. We are having a chat on Arsenal family, not in Skysports. Talking about this particular game and highlighting our weaknesses.
It’s okay to criticise all players, instead of just picking on the same ones.
Constructive criticism is good. What gets me is when we have an opinion and start slating certain players, irrelevant of their performance.