Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta faced the media after last night’s 1-1 draw against Southampton at the Emirates.
Theo Walcott came back to haunt us with a very well taken goal in the first half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended his goal drought with a fine finish to level the game. We were favourites to go on and win it at that point, but we decided to shoot ourselves in the foot instead.
Gabriel Magalhaes, our best player so far this season, had his first bad game for the club. He was drawn out of position by the Saints which allowed Walcott to open the scoring.
The Brazilian looked shaky all game and picked up a yellow card for kicking the ball away in the first half – a very harsh decision that. Gabriel should have been more careful from that point, but a silly foul got him booked again.
That put Arsenal under a lot of pressure. Southampton are a hard team to deal with on a level playing field, but with a numerical advantage, they dominated the game after the sending off.
Arteta: I’m really proud of the players on the bench
Arsenal held on well and we could have nicked a win at the very end as well. Arteta was pleased with his side’s effort on the pitch, but he was more delighted with the players on the bench for their constant encouragement throughout the game.
Arteta told Football London: “The players showed what we expect them to do. Some (of the results) will be with more or less quality but at least, the work is there.”
“I saw all the players that weren’t participating. They were on the stands shouting and they were being right behind the team and living the game with them which is a really strong signal as well and I’m really proud.”
It’s never a good feeling for a player to be left on the bench, especially when we aren’t winning games. However, the lads did their best to push the team on, and that draw could prove to be a season-changing result for us.