Albert Sambi Lokonga played the full 90 minutes as Arsenal suffered yet another defeat in the Premier League, this time to Southampton.
After Tottenham lost to Brighton earlier today, it was a golden opportunity for Mikel Arteta’s men to close the gap. Sadly, we couldn’t take it, even though we tried extremely hard to find the net.
Fraser Forster, as he often does against us, channelled his inner Manuel Neuer and made a few spectacular saves. That was enough to help Southampton pick up all three points, which is hugely disappointing for us.
Lokonga makes a promise to Arsenal fans after Southampton defeat
Lokonga spoke to Arsenal.com after the game and he was very honest about our performance. He claimed that everyone in the squad knows it’s not good enough, but promised fans that the Gunners will turn things around very soon.
The Belgian said: “It’s a big disappointment. I think everybody in the dressing room knows that it’s not enough for the moment but we need to stick together and get back to winning ways.
“We need to believe, I think that’s the first thing. We need to stick together. We’ve been through this so we can do it again.
“A big thank you to the fans for travelling with us and they are always behind us so we need to say thank you to them and we need them. They need to stay behind us because we will turn this [around].
The Insider’s View:
Arsenal fans at the St Mary’s deserve immense praise today as they really kept pushing the side on until the very end. Sadly, we couldn’t get over the line.
Unlike our display in the defeats against Crystal Palace and Brighton, Arsenal looked decent today. We dominated possession and remained a constant threat in and around the box.
Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe almost scored as well, but Forster denied them with two world-class saves.
As difficult as it is now, Arteta has to pick Arsenal players up and fill them with confidence. We have games against Chelsea and Manchester United coming up in the next seven days and we simply have to find a way to bounce back.