Theo Walcott said he could feel the fear at the Emirates as he scored on his return with Southampton during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw on Wednesday night.
With all the inevitability of the sun rising in the morning, Theo Walcott found the back of the Arsenal net to give Southampton the lead and set Arsenal on the path to five home defeats in a row for the first time in their history. Quite why Bernd Leno ducked out of the way we may never know.
Thankfully, what they say about scoring one to open the floodgates held true and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang breaking his drought with an own goal against Burnley, he was back on the scoresheet on Wednesday at the right end to give Arsenal a point which isn’t a bad result for a side in 15th place up against the team in 3rd.
Theo Walcott spoke after the game.
“I felt a lot of fear in Arsenal tonight, to be honest,” he said. “They’re going through a very difficult time – credit to them they got the result tonight.
“But it shows how far we’ve come that we’re very disappointed to come away without the three points. We were going into this game with so much confidence, arrogance at times. The Emirates has changed but I feel like they’ve got the right man here for the job.”
Walcott played a pivotal role in getting Gabriel sent off for a second yellow. He made such a fuss when he was on the floor that the referee had no choice, despite not booking Walcott for the blatant pull you can see in the photo above.
In fact, there were also a number of Saints players who kicked the ball away who also didn’t see yellow which is what Gabriel’s first card was for.
Before this game, Gabriel had one yellow all season.
He will now miss the game against Everton on Saturday.