While Liverpool had the luxury of missing a penalty and still spanking Everton 4-0 in the Merseyside derby, Arsenal had to be content with a 2-2 draw with Southampton.
In one of the worst first half of Arsenal’s season, the gunners were 1-0 down exhibiting lethargic displays allowing Soton the upper hand. The wet night added its twist to the game.
The gunners seemingly played for 10minutes and scored two goals in 4 minutes to be ahead. Giroud blindly turned Sagna’s low cross before Ozil’s ghost pass was converted by Cazorla.
It was like “yes, the gunners are back” but the lead lasted for only 30 seconds with Adam lallana the scorer. Shambolic defending from the gunners.
The game wore on from end to end with Ozil opting his game higher only to be denied by the cross bar. Monreal compounded his miserable day by missing a one-on-one, blasting wide from near.
Flamini would later compound Arsenal’s woes by getting a red for a two footed challenge. Getting a goal with 11 men was difficult, with 10 men with 10 minutes left was near impossible.
The gunners hoped for a miracle but had Szczesny and Koscienly to thank as they were content with the draw.
2 goals apiece, 2 points dropped, 2 points ahead of city and Chelsea, 2 days to the end of January window.
The doors are open for the blue halfs of West London and Manchester to overtake the gunners. With Ramsey suffering a setback for 6 weeks, the gunners face an uphill task in the next two months. Arsenal seem inseparable with Injuries.
Hopefully Wilshere and Rosicky will be back before the weekend. Their runs and drive were missed.
The doors are open, will city enter?