Arsenal had a very UNhappy New Years Day at Southampton yesterday, and Wojciech Szczesny must be wishing he had stayed in bed and called in a sickie after his farcical performance which allowed Southampton to score twice to take the points.
Arsene Wenger felt that the Gunners could easily have won the game if it hadn’t been for the Poles errors, and also because the referee should have sent off Florin Gardos when he stopped Alexis Sanchez getting his usual goal. Wenger said on SkySports: “We must give credit to their ‘keeper today, and as well to the referee that he didn’t give them a red card when Sanchez was clean through,”
“That’s beyond my understanding because I couldn’t see for what reason he didn’t do it. If one against one with the goalkeeper isn’t a goalscoring opportunity I don’t know when it would be one.”
Wenger seems to think that Arsenal were the better team on the day, although the stats show that the Saints had more shots on goal, Without naming names, Wenger was well aware that the two goals were purely down to defensive errors. “That made the difference today,” he said. “At our level, in our final third we didn’t defend well. We were quite in control of the game and we gave it away, it’s as simple as that.
“It’s disappointing because the team gave a lot, but you cannot afford these kind of mistakes at our level.
“It’s a shame because we were not under pressure, we were under control, but we go home with no points. Southampton defended well, the keeper defended well, but we can only look at our defensive performance. We had the chances, we couldn’t take them.
“We could have won this game today, and that makes it even worse for us.”
So Southampton pull four points clear of us again, and even worse Tottenham destroyed Chelsea to move above us in the table as well.
Definitely not a good start to 2015!