Well, what would be November without an Arsenal loss?
Arsenal lost their first match since losing to Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season, as Arséne Wenger’s youthful side crashed out to a buoyed Southampton side. Arsenal’s youthful side was enough to see off the likes of Nottingham Forest and Reading but found the task of facing Southampton too great.
The first half saw Southampton open proceedings with a goal from Jordy Clasie in the 13th minute. Not long after, Carl Jenkinson had a chance at goal but saw his effort go just over. Arsenal came close again through a free kick from Elneney but they just couldn’t find a way through in the first half.
All of the stuffing was knocked out of Arsenal when Ryan Bertrand scored the second for his side, which was effectively the winner.
Arsenal were slightly better in the second half as Perez had a chance to score following a nice ball from Aaron Ramsey. They created chances in the second half through Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who all had chances to score but neither of their efforts found the back of the net.
Southampton had a number of chances and I’m surprised that the scoreline somehow only stayed at 0-2, as I thought the away side could’ve won by a bigger margin.
Wenger has never won this tournament previously and showed his feelings towards the competition by making 10 changes from the win at Bournemouth. Could making that many changes been a hindrance? I thought that making excessive changes unbalanced the team. He said that his side lacked urgency, and were weak in some departments, and ultimately paid the price. Southampton themselves made eight changes but they found the balance to their team which Arsenal couldn’t.
Wenger also said that he had hoped the win over Bournemouth would relax his side a little. A little TOO relaxed I reckon. On Elneny going off early, Wenger mentioned that he was sick before the match, and within 10 minutes, saw that he [Elneny] wasn’t is the best of states.
Overall, the result was pretty much what I expected. With Wenger not really giving a second thought to the tournament, I knew that the lineup was going to include a mainly second-string side. Arsenal barely made a real threat which I thought that was rather disappointing.
No time to feel sorry or to be asking questions however as Arsenal visit West Ham at the weekend, looking to start December on a high.
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