Southampton players react on Twitter to defeat against Arsenal

The Southampton squad were in agreement that they deserved more from their match against Arsenal last night.

The Southampton squad were left crestfallen after a late strike from Alexis Sanchez stopped them claiming a point at the Emirates Stadium.

The Saints had looked a match for the Gunners until the 88th minute, but Arsenal stole the points thanks to Sanchez's close-range finish.

It was a cruel blow for Ronald Koeman's men to take in a game which looked so important to their season. 

Southampton were six points ahead of the Gunners going into the game, but their defeat sees Arsene Wenger's side close the gap on their third place spot. 

With a match against Manchester United to come for the South Coast club they will have been extremely disappointed not to claim at least a point from London, especially after performing well for much of the game.

Although Fraser Forster's brilliance in the goal kept the side in it, Shane Long and Graziano Pelle both missed presentable chances for the visitors and they will be rueing this profligacy now. 

The defeat means that Saints have not won any of their last three matches and, with injuries mounting, the squad were understandably gutted not to have got the draw they thought they had earned. 

Shane Long, who started in the match, and youngsters Lloyd Isgrove and Harrison Reed were all in agreement that they deserved more from the game. 

Koeman, meanwhile, was keen to praise Forster for his display in between the sticks and took heart from the way the side bounced back from defeat to Manchester City in the contest.

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