Video: Dreadful start for Arsenal as Armstrong punishes sleepy Pepe with the opener for Southampton

There’s an ongoing argument about defending set-pieces and whether players should look to mark a man or a zone, but it’s a moot point when they don’t do either.

Nicolas Pepe is either personally responsible for Stuart Armstrong with this set piece or he should certainly be looking out for anything played to the edge of the box, but he just stands and watches as the Scotsman runs onto it and fires it home:

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It’s a cheap goal to concede when you consider how easily defended it should be, so Arsenal fans will be hoping it sparks the team into life.

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