00It was a tough night for Arsenal FC yesterday after a 2-2 draw against Southampton. The first goal was scored by Giroud in the 48th minute, while the second one coming closely in the 52nd minute by Carzola.

However, the Gunners, who have been riding high on the Premier League table, seem to have their hopes dimmed after last night’s game. The draw meant Arsenal missed out on the chance to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League table and could head into the next round of fixtures in third place if Manchester City beat Tottenham on Wednesday and Chelsea secure a two-goal margin of victory over West Ham on the same day.

The north London side has also gotten a major blow after Wales International Aaron Ramsey suffered a thigh injury that will see him sidelined for up to 4 weeks. Their woes seem to be mounting as French midfielder Mathieu Flamini will be suspended for at least 3 matches after collecting a red card in the game against Southampton yesterday.

It was clear that Arsenal were struggling in midfield in the absence of the injured Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, with Mikel Arteta and Flamini finding themselves overrun.

This was Wenger’s comment after the game: “We played in second gear and Southampton in fourth. They played at a higher pace than us, decided to stop us from playing and did it very well.

“You want the three points in every game but it is a difficult place Southampton. When you look at the overall record it can happen sometimes away from home you take only one point.

“Flamini got the ball. At some stage we have all the feet off the ground – when you want to run you need to put the feet off the ground.

“If you say that every time a guy makes the two-footed tackle it is a red card he deserved a red card. If you say was it a violent tackle I would say no as he played the ball. I don’t know, the referee made the decision, we have to cope with it.”

“I wouldn’t say it was a very bad performance,” he said. “It was a very good football game. Southampton deserves credit.

“I don’t complain about the quality of our game. We went down to 10 men and we at least went home with a point.


Josephine Otieno