Arsenal drew 2-2 with Southampton on Tuesday evening coming back from 1-0 at half time.
The Gunners experienced something of a ‘blip’ in the first half with a lackluster performance compounded by very strong display from the home side at St Mary’s.
Whilst the North Londoner’s may see the result as a disappointment in their hopes of maintaining their position at the top of the Premier League table, all credit must go to the Saints who deserved a point at least from the game, as they did in their 1-1 draw with Manchester City in December, their 1-1 draw with Manchester United in October and their 1-0 win over Liverpool in September, proving themselves worthy and dangerous opponents against the ‘big’ teams this term.
At the end of the day, as they say, it was perhaps a decent point for the Gunners who might have held on to their 2-1 lead in the second half to take all three points but, ultimately, will be satisfied with the draw, I would think.
The second half display from record signing Mesut Ozil will also be a positive to take from the game. The £42.5 million German has been under fire from critics in recent weeks but the 25-year-old played a crucial role in the game with his assist and all-round play for both goals scored by Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla and, what’s more, it clearly meant a lot to the playmaker judging by his reaction to Gunners’ second goal…
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