Arsenal stumbled again, falling in a 1-1 draw at home against Southampton, this evening, Wednesday, in the thirteenth round of the English Premier League.
Southampton opened the scoring with the former Arsenal player, Theo Walcott (18), before Aubameyang equalized for Arsenal in the 52nd minute, knowing that the homeowner played incomplete since the 66th minute, after his defender Gabriel was sent off.
Arsenal raised its tally to 14 points in 15th place temporarily, adding pressure on coach Mikel Arteta, while Southampton’s score rose to 24 points in third place.
Arteta resorted to a method of play (4-2-3-1), where Ainsley Maitland-Niles played on the right side and Kieran Tierney standing on the left.
Rob Holding cooperated with Gabriel Magalhaes in the depth of defense, and the duo Mohamed Elneny and Dani Ceballos were stationed in the middle of the field, and the trio Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka moved behind the striker Aubameyang.
On the other hand, Southampton coach Ralph Hasenhüttl adopted the way of playing (4-4-2), as the back line was formed by Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard and Ryan Bertrand.
And on the wings, Stuart Armstrong and Theo Walcott, while James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu were stationed in the middle of the field, against an exchange of roles between Che Adams and Danny Ings in the front line.
Holding was confused by an unfocused back pass from Pepe, and the ball reached Adams, who fired away from Arsenal’s goal in the second minute, and the London team’s defense removed Walcott’s pass before it reached the highly motivated In the eighth minute.
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno banished a free kick by Ward-Prowse in the 15th minute, but Southampton managed to open the scoring in the 18th minute, after Adams passed a through ball, and Walcott went on the goal to comfortably block it into the net.
The first real chance for Arsenal came in the 28th minute, when a cut pass from Aubameyang reached Pepe, who fired, and then Ceballos got the ball to launch it strong over the goal.
Pepe made his way on the right, before directing a ball that bounced off the defense before Nketiah reached it in the 34th minute. 3 minutes later, Aubameyang made a good effort on the left side, before passing to Pepe, who in turn reached his cross pass to Ceballos, but The latter faltered before the shot, and the referee ordered to continue playing.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy saved Southampton’s goal in the 39th minute, when he amazingly pushed away Saka’s low cross pass deflected by the defender’s foot.
Arsenal concluded the first half with a try by Pepe after a pass from Dani Ceballos, but McCarthy continued his brilliance and blocked the ball in the 42nd minute.
Arsenal managed to equalize the score in the 52nd minute, when Aubameyang received a cunning pass by Nketiah inside the penalty area, and the Gabonese striker elegantly shot the ball to the left side of the goalkeeper.
Southampton’s response to the goal came quickly, as Adams fired a powerful shot from the outskirts of the penalty area, and Leno excelled in clearing it in the 57th minute.
Amidst the crowds of Southampton defenders, Saka hit a powerful ball that McCarthy blocked in the 61st minute, but Arsenal’s hopes were shocked, when Gabriel got a second yellow card, after a bad contact with Walcott.
Southampton wanted to take advantage of his opponent’s lack of ranks, and pushed Nathan Redmond to replace Armstrong, while Arsenal removed Nketiah from the field, and Brazilian defender David Luiz took his place.
Southampton’s pressure almost resulted in a restoration of the lead in the 70th minute, when Redmond received a Romeu pass, and advanced with the ball before he hit the crossbar.
Goalkeeper Leno caught up with a long high Vestergaard pass before Redmond reached it in the 75th minute, then substitute Djenepo got the ball before returning it to Ward-Prowse, who hit it on the defender Holding in the 79th minute.
Despite Southampton’s pressure to score the winning goal in the last 10 minutes, Arsenal came closest to that, when Holding’s header bounced off the crossbar in the second minute of aditionnal time, to end the match in a 1-1 draw.