Arsenal 2 Southampton 1: Not a whole lot of answers
ARSENAL 2 SOUTHAMPTON 1
FROM GOODPLAYA AT THE EMIRATES
The tube driver announced the next stop as “The Arsenal”. It was a small but welcome touch that briefly lifted my spirits until I entered the claustrophobic walkways of The Arsenal station.
But what of the game? You’ve probably gathered this won’t go down as a classic performance.
Understandably the manager picked a team with half an eye on the exertions of international week and another half an eye on PSG on Tuesday. Fair enough but in terms of working out what the first team is, I fear we’re none the wiser. Which matters I feel because right now it isn’t particularly clear to me what our game plan is.
Mustafi had a couple of decent forays but if I’m honest I struggled to form too clear an impression. Perez was fairly anonymous but it was pretty hard to work out whether the fault lay with him or a lack of supply. It all felt slightly higgledy piggledy at times.
For what it is worth, I do think it was a penalty, mainly because Giroud had got the wrong side of the defender and so from that point of view, the pull back mattered.
As for the penalty itself, I’m conscious the stats show Cazorla has scored eight and missed just one from the spot for Arsenal. And yet I find it impossible to have confidence in any player who doesn’t routinely put the ball into the corner (or at least roof) of the net. Granted, sending the keeper the wrong way takes skill. But down the middle or near the middle is always a worry for me.