After the game yesterday, many commented that it might be a new year but still the same old Arsenal (old here, counted from 2006 onwards). Given that we are at the halfway stage of the season, quite what change were people expecting is beyond me. It’s not like players look at the date and think that their New Year resolutions is to completely change and be the side we think they could be. That said, yesterday’s draw with Southampton was nothing short of frustrating.
We don’t have a given right to win every single game. The same with the number of goals that we scored. Yet, man for man, especially the ones that started for both sides, would you swap any of our players for theirs? If no is your answer, you can proceed reading the rest of my ramblings. This is another classic example of us not turning up. Arsene Wenger used the word “desire” after the game, followed by him not being sure whether that was our problem. I think it is.
It’s like the players thought they have turned a corner with that 4 games winning run in the league and took their foot off the pedal. Southampton played well and restricted what we can do but only because we never got into the game at all. The passing was abysmal at times and the home side looked very comfortable in containing us. One shot on target and that was a straight shot from outside the box straight to the arms of the a drunk-looking Artur Boruc. Even the goal we scored was gifted by the home side. Lucky is how we got 1 point out of this game.
There very minimal pressing done by us, if at all. We looked worried each time Southampton puts a long ball forward looking for Rickie Lambert, yet we continually allow their defender and midfielders all the time in the world to look up and find the right pass to him. It’s amazing how the players forgets what pressing does after a few games. The goal that we conceded epitomised how sloppy our game was yesterday. Chance after chance to clear the ball but failed to do so. Plenty of ball watching and lack of players taking up the responsibility.
It scares me how each time that the team play to this level, the entire team play at this level. Not a single player could be seen yesterday, who rose to the challenge and wanted to take the game by the scruff of the neck. No player wanted to lead the team to achieving more out of the game. Bacary Sagna had possibly his worst game in Arsenal colours, even worst than the time he played without braids. Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Jack Wilshere were not significantly better either.
I don’t think there’s anything more to comment on this game. That our neighbours picked up another win, only served to make matters worse. We couldn’t afford to drop points at St Mary’s but show little that we wanted more out of it. The transfer window is open now, Mr Wenger. Do it now. Get help in, your/our team needs it. Let’s not wait until the end of the month to settle the transfer.