Arsenal’s winless run in the Premier League stretched to 6 video games as Gabriel Magalhaes was despatched off in an entertaining 1-1 draw with Southampton on the Emirates.
Theo Walcott capitalised on some slack positional play from the hosts to race by and dink Bernd Leno, however Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s composed end squared issues up in the beginning of the second half.
Gabriel was despatched off for 2 bookable offences, making it three crimson playing cards in the final 5 league video games for Arsenal’s squad. Southampton piled on the stress late on with their man benefit, although the Gunners stood agency to choose up some extent, even hitting the crossbar in damage time by Rob Holding’s header.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal keep fifteenth with simply 13 factors after 13 video games whereas the Saints stay in the Champions League qualification spots. Talk a few function reversal, eh?
Let’s get into some participant scores.
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— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 16, 2020
Bernd Leno (GK) – 5/10 – Was helpless for the opening purpose. Made a couple of saves and grabbed a few crosses however nothing excellent that can make his 2020/21 spotlight reel.
Rob Holding (CB) – 5/10 – Just appeared to depart huge gaps in every single place. Not a very assured presence on the again. Did come agonisingly near snatching the winner when his header hit the bar, however general it appears odd that he will get picked whereas the much-hyped William Saliba is omitted in the chilly.
Gabriel (CB) – 3/10 – At a sure level, you’d suppose the Arsenal squad would study. But no. Gabriel, most likely certainly one of their higher performers this season, picked up two yellow playing cards in the second half, but once more leaving the Gunners in the lurch. An inexperienced transfer however finally ridiculous, particularly given the aspect’s disciplinary file in latest weeks.
Kieran Tierney (CB) – 5/10 – Was uncovered by his non-existent midfield as Walcott ran by to attain. Has been recognized as a ‘trier’ by Arsenal followers, however they will want much more than from the squad if outcomes are to choose up.
Saka was once more influential | Pool/Getty Images
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (RWB) – 7/10 – Read the sport fairly nicely, making 5 interceptions. Arsenal’s finest defender of the night, trying extra composed than any of his colleagues.
Mohamed Elneny (CM) – 4/10 – Didn’t supply a bodily presence in midfield. Ran round loads, a lot in order that he typically misplaced his runners. The sooner Arsenal have Thomas Partey again match and obtainable, the higher.
Dani Ceballos (CM) – 4/10 – A little bit of a sieve defensively. Allowed Southampton’s runners to cost into central areas. Went down screaming for a penalty in the primary half and did not get one. Booked and introduced off for Joe Willock.
Bukayo Saka (LWB) – 7/10 – Is all the time one of many extra thrilling runners with the ball and his work led to Aubameyang’s equaliser. A real vivid spark in an in any other case sorry state of affairs at Arsenal.
Aubameyang netted Arsenal’s equaliser | Pool/Getty Images
Nicolas Pepe (RW) – 5/10 – Worked himself into some pretty areas out huge however the ultimate ball was typically overhit.
Eddie Nketiah (ST) – 6/10 – A neat flick earned Nketiah an help. Just a few good touches right here and there however needed to make means for David Luiz after Gabriel’s crimson card.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (LW) – 6/10 – Scored for the primary time in the league since early November with a composed end in the beginning of the second half. Might have led a resurgence in the second half had Gabriel not been despatched off. More threatening when occupying central positions, surprisingly sufficient.
David Luiz – 6/10 – Helped shore up Arsenal on the again following his introduction. Did misplace the odd move right here and there.
Joe Willock – 5/10
Cedric – 5/10
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Alex McCarthy (GK) – 6/10 – Just a few saves regarded somewhat awkward and unconvincing, however the ends justified the means.
Kyle Walker-Peters (RB) – 6/10 – Took up some good positions on the proper however typically failed to select the proper cross. Is a markedly improved one-on-one defender, although did have a couple of sticky conditions with Saka.
Jannik Vestergaard (CB) – 7/10 – Another composed efficiency from the Dane, who has been one of many league’s finest centre-backs this season.
Jan Bednarek (CB) – 5/10 – Was caught out positionally for Aubameyang’s strike. Also booked for taking out Nketiah on the break.
Ryan Bertrand (LB) – 5/10 – Booked for taking out Pepe in the primary half. Found extra space in the second half.
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— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 16, 2020
Theo Walcott (RM) – 8/10 – Scored with an distinctive dinked end and celebrated towards his former membership, which is gorgeous. Worked tirelessly down the proper to assist out Walker-Peters. Got in behind Gabriel to earn the Arsenal defender a second yellow card earlier than being substituted.
Oriol Romeu (CM) – 6/10 – Picked out Nathan Redmond with a wonderful clipped move, although the winger could not discover the again of the online. As combative as ever.
James Ward-Prowse (CM) – 6/10 – Provided his customary devilish set-piece deliveries. Recycled the ball nicely however wasn’t overly threatening along with his passing.
Stuart Armstrong (LM) – 5/10 – Made a couple of good infield runs to show Arsenal’s central gaps in the primary half however his affect waned earlier than he was subbed off.
Ings had a tricky night | Clive Rose/Getty Images
Danny Ings (ST) – 5/10 – A frustratingly quiet night for the England worldwide. Flicked a header huge late on however wasn’t at his terrifying finest.
Che Adams (ST) – 7/10 – Enjoying run of kind and arrange Walcott’s opener. Is quietly changing into one of many higher playmaking strikers in the league.
70: Off the bar! ?@NathanRedmond22 comes inside inches of scoring after getting on the tip of @OriolRomeu’s intelligent lofted move! [1-1] pic.twitter.com/jNwGj1SBGC
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 16, 2020
Nathan Redmond – 6/10 – Struck the bar when he slipped whereas making an attempt to transform Romeu’s chip.
Moussa Djenepo – 5/10