Another Arsenal away game, another embarrassing display from men who earn more in a week than I probably have in my entire life.
Olivier Giroud saved the Gunners a point with his 88th-minute goal and I don’t begrudge him his celebration, which overlapped into time his side could have spent fighting for a winner. He was brought on as a super-sup and did his job; their abject display during the first 75 minutes had nothing to do with him.
The match was another example of a personal error costing the team and Arsenal being incapable of netting one of their two thousand shots.
We went 1-0 behind in the third minute. That’s plenty of time to fight back and win the match.
The old Arsenal would have but not this Arsenal. Not this team.
Other than the fact we’re really bad at football – apart from Laca, Ozil and Rambo – here’s five other things we learned from the game.
1. We can’t defend for s**t!
If Manchester United’s two early goals last weekend weren’t enough, Southampton’s in the third minute on Sunday should be.
Last Saturday it was Shkodran Mustafi’s mistake, this time it was Per Mertesacker who fell over and allowed Charlie Austin to dance through and flick the ball past Petr Cech.
This isn’t a new problem by any stretch, which makes me wonder whether Steve Bould is genuinely working on the defensive side of the game with the lads in training or whether that’s just the official line.
Either way, there’s been no improvement and it’s just embarrassing now.