Arsenal failed to take more than a point against Southampton on Tuesday night.
As was predicted, Southampton brought their A-game to Arsenal and made it really difficult in the first half. Particularly early on, despite a couple of good runs from Alexis, we struggled to get a foot-hold in the game.
In the 12th minute we saw a glimpse of what could have come when the Chilean put a stunning long ball over the top to Mesut Ozil, who brought the ball down with one of the softest, most-perfect touches I’ve ever seen.
Despite Hector Bellerin repeatedly getting caught too far up the pitch and Mathieu Flamini doing his best to break down any attack we had, Ozil tested Forster later in the first half by leaping for a ball in and poking it towards the goal. Unfortunately, it was saved. However, we were beginning to look promising.
As the first half wore on, we continued to gradually build attacks and it ended pretty evenly.
The second half started with an early looping chance from Olivier Giroud’s right boot. However, the towering Forster saved it without too much trouble.
Ozil, Ramsey and Giroud all began to really turn the screw as the minutes ticked by. Campbell, who was poor in the first half, worked his socks off to try and help the team in the second.
The silver lining at this point was that, although we were having trouble passing, Southampton continued to waste their opportunities to get a goal, which were getting few and far between as the match wore on.
In the 56th minute, a corner led to Giroud heading the ball directly at the Saints’ goalkeeper and despite the save, we looked as if we were starting to turn on the pressure.
10 minutes later, Forster made yet another amazing save, this time from Walcott, who’d just been brought on, who got the ball in acres of space in the area and thumped it almost directly at the keeper.
A short breath later, another chance was headed over the bar from Koscielny and another ball was cleared off the line. Close but no cigar.
And this is how it stayed. Attack after attack, which resulted in save after save. Very frustrating. We drop to fourth. 0-0.