Dismal Arsenal defence struggles again

Arsenal were greeted by a chorus of boos following their dismal 2-2 draw at home against Southampton, in a game they really should have lost.

Coming off the back of a four-game winless streak in the league, the Gunners looked understandably nervy from the onset and, after a series of loose passes and cheap fouls in the opening stages, Southampton took the lead as Danny Ings reacted first to a quickly taken free kick.

Alexandre Lacazette fired an equaliser from inside the penalty box, but when Southampton retook the lead as James Ward-Prowse converted the rebound from his own penalty, it was the away side who looked like taking the points. Arsenal rescued a draw, as Lacazette proved to the hero once again, but the point does little to appease the club’s frustrated fans.

It is hardly a revelation to state that Arsenal’s backline still requires improvement. No matter the formation, the Gunners simply cannot find a recipe for nullifying their opponents. Calum Chambers continues to look ill-equipped at this level, while Hector Bellerin is also off the pace after his return from a long-term injury layoff.

The attacking trio of Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil looked like a potentially devastating partnership. On this occasion, Ozil was quieter than he was away at Leicester City and yet, in individual moments, there were signs of an understanding brewing between the German and Arsenal’s two marksmen.

Source: ESPNFC

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