It’s bizarre to think of Southampton coming into a game against Arsenal at The Emirates as strong favourites, but it also demonstrates how bad Mikel Arteta’s side has been lately.
The lack of creativity and goalscoring has been widely talked about and of course it’s an issue, but they are seriously going to struggle if they can’t keep 11 men on the field for an entire game.
There’s a tiny consolation in the fact that Gabriel’s red card came from actually trying to play football instead of being selfish and failing to control his temper, but he left the Gunners down a man for at least 30 minutes in the second half.
In some ways it’s hard to know who to blame because it’s the players who are making the stupid decisions, but the buck has to stop with the manager so he needs to find a way to instil some kind of discipline in this team.
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At least they managed to escape with a point so it moves them away from the relegation zone, but the top half will start to drift away from them if they keep this form up.
Mikel Arteta isn’t popular with the fans just now so obviously this result and performance doesn’t help matters, so it’s no surprise to see plenty of them venting their fury after the game:
— Arteta Is A Fraud (@PrinceKp87) December 16, 2020
@Arsenal should sack Arteta no matter the outcome of this match.
— David Kaiyewu (@kaynis1) December 16, 2020
Arteta has completely lost these guys. I think he might actually be out.
— Ankit (@ankitpathak04) December 16, 2020
— Andy (@andybrownphotoz) December 16, 2020
Arteta completely given up winning this coward
— s (@Slndzz) December 16, 2020
Arteta lost the dressing room it’s clear..3 consecutive red cards wow
— Karel Peters ?AFC (@KarelPeters5) December 16, 2020
Arteta CANNOT come out and blame red card for another disappointing result. It’s clearly a problem within the squad, a lack of discipline and game management. Therefore again both the management and players are at fault.
— Alfie Winter (@AlfieWinter4) December 16, 2020