Arsenal may have gone down embarrassingly to Southampton on Saturday, but Arsene Wenger is of the view that the team had some luck going against them along with the referee’s indiscretion.
Liverpool, having beaten Leicester 1-0 earlier in the day, allowed Arsenal fans to dream of the possibility of being top of the table come 2016. We had to face Southampton and then Bournemouth on Monday, fixtures which when compared to Leicester City’s lot of Liverpool on Sunday and Manchester City on Monday looked comparatively winnable.
Alas it was not to be, with Arsenal disappointingly getting torn apart 4-0 at the hands of a resurgent Southampton. The destruction started with a goal of the season contender from Cuco Martina which Petr Cech could do nothing about, and then two goals from Shane Long and a header from Jose Fonte wrapped the game up.
Arsene Wenger wasn’t mightily impressed with Long however, as he clearly stated in his press conference later on.
“He made the game very physical and he got away with too much but he was good,” said the Arsenal boss (via Arsenal.com).
“I felt sometimes yes, but I have to watch it again. It is difficult for me straight after the game… to analyse every single challenge,” he said, when asked if Long got away with too much.
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While Wenger has a long history of defending his players after defeats like these, what he says about Long may well be true, as Long appeared to trip Laurent Koscielny on the way to scoring his first and Southampton’s second goal. Arsenal fans will not be enthused by the display though, as Arsenal were simply second best on the night. Wenger must look to the transfer window to right the wrongs and inject some much needed energy into his overworked squad.
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