Michael Owen comments on Arsenal v Southampton and 'unfortunate' Alderweireld injury

Toby Alderweireld

Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand both cited Toby Alderweireld's injury as pivotal in Arsenal's 1-0 win over the Saints.

Was this the moment Arsenal's clash with Southampton turned?

The Gunners clinched a late win over the Saints, but the away side were forced to play the final few minutes one man short after Toby Alderweireld had to go off injured.

Southampton had used all three substitutes, and saw Alexis Sanchez's late goal condemn them to a second successive defeat, with Manchester United up next.

BT Sport pundit Michael Owen said he had no fear of their season collapsing, writing on his SportLobster page that the circumstances which led to Arsenal's winner were 'unfortunate'.

He said: "Impressed with Southampton tonight. I don't see them slipping too far down the league as some people suggest. Unfortunate to have to play with 10 men for the last 15 mins."

He did not get it quite right though, with Alderweireld forced off in the 84th minute, it was 10 minutes including stoppage time he missed - which was enough for Arsenal to bag the winner.

His television colleague Rio Ferdinand was in agreement, commenting via Twitter that the Saints had Arsenal under control until the Belgian had to leave the pitch.

Signed on loan, Alderweireld has been one of the best additions of the summer, and Arsenal could really have done with him over the last couple of months.

Whether the Gunners would have worn Southampton down with him on the pitch in the final minutes, we will never know.

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