Speaking on Sky Sports, pundit Les Ferdinand has said Arsenal seemed to run out of ideas against Southampton. The Gunners drew 1-1 with the Saints and will be frustrated that they didn’t win.
Mikel Arteta’s side took the lead in the first-half when Ben White found Granit Xhaka in the box to slot the visitors ahead. They looked well on the way to another win at that stage and led at half-time.
However, the hosts grew into the game after the interval and started putting them under pressure. They were then able to find an equaliser through Stuart Armstrong and even threatened to take all three points after that.
Ex-QPR, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham player Ferdinand said this after the match:
“It is unusual for Arsenal to see them run out of ideas. Southampton pushed a lot (of players) up and then they started to get into the game themselves, they started to put Arsenal under pressure and at the end of the game I thought it was Southampton who were going to on and win the game.
He added: “They got the first goal and we were all expecting Arsenal to go on and score two, three, four goals, it looked like it could go that way. This will be a stumbling block for them but they would’ve known this would come at some stage. Maybe not against Southampton but they will re-group and sometimes you do have, I think Southampton did this time them last year, a ground where you’re not quite comfortable for whatever reason.”
Arsenal won’t panick and remain top of the Premier League table after their impressive opening first few months of the season. Manchester City remain two points behind them after their win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Arteta’s men return to league action next weekend against Nottingham Forest. The Reds go into that one on the back of their 1-0 victory over Liverpool.