Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal returned to winning ways today with a comfortable 3-0 win against Southampton at the Emirates.
The Gunners had to bounce back today and despite a really poor start, we managed to get the job done.
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Magalhaes helped us get all three points and here are five things we learned from the game this afternoon.
Five things we learned as Arsenal beat Southampton 3-0
Odegaard silencing his critics
If there’s one Arsenal player who has been receiving unnecessary criticism over the last few weeks, it’s Martin Odegaard. The Norwegian, even in our defeats against Everton and Manchester United, was very good, and he was brilliant today as well.
The Norwegian helped us dominate the game in the first half after our sloppy start. He scored his third goal in as many games and he probably deserved to pick up an assist or two as well today.
He has really stepped up in recent weeks and he deserves a ton of credit.
Saka and Martinelli were unlucky
Arsenal’s two wingers today were absolutely fantastic. Saka was our most dangerous player in the first half on the right flank, while Martinelli caused Southampton’s defence a few problems too.
Unfortunately for the pair, neither could get on the score sheet. Both Saka and Martinelli hit the post in the second half, which is really unlucky. However, they both go home with an assist each, which deserves praise too.
The Aaron Ramsdale show
We’re running out of words to describe this man. As he has been since he displaced Bernd Leno in the side, Ramsdale was fantastic today as well.
He made a few very good saves, was fantastic as always with his feet and that pass to Gabriel Martinelli just before half-time showed us all why Mikel Arteta was so desperate to sign him in the summer.
Yo Pierre, why are you causing problems here?
The biggest headline before kickoff was Arteta’s comments on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Arsenal boss confirmed in his pre-match interview that our skipper had been left out of the squad due to a disciplinary breach.
This isn’t the first time that Arteta has had to reprimand Aubameyang. The same happened in the North London derby last season, but this time, it looks serious and this could well end his Arsenal career.
It will be interesting to see if he returns to the squad for our next game. If Arteta’s body language is anything to go by, he’s not happy, and this could drag on for a few weeks.
Irrespective of whose side you take in the Aubameyang-Arteta situation, you must give credit to the Arsenal boss.
He told us in his very first interview that there are certain non-negotiables that every player has to follow. If they don’t, they’re out. Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil faced Arteta’s wrath last season, and it looks like it’s Aubameyang’s turn now.
Arteta may be a young manager, but he’s not scared to make the big calls. This will act as a warning to every other player in the squad. Mikel’s the boss, you either get on board or you get out!