Arsenal drew 1-1 with Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday. Here are the player ratings.
After their worst start to a top season since 1974/75, Arsenal hosted Southampton at the Emirates Stadium to avoid five straight home defeats for the first time in their history.
In the pouring rain in north London, Arsenal gave much of the ball to Southampton, who started at the front foot. Theo Walcott found several acres of space between Kieran Tierney and Gabriel to collect the ball and calmly toss the ball over Bernd Leno.
There were some promising moments in the attack for Arsenal but there were few that were under the total control of the visitors who were right to take the break.
Arsenal dominated the ball after the break and did the unfathomable and scored a goal. Bukayo Saka’s great game got him driving the ball from a distance, hitting three men and playing in Eddie Nketiah, who moved Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng to the home game.
Then Arsenal went back to their old tricks when Gabriel was foolishly sent off for a second yellow card after unnecessarily pleasing Walcott. Old habits are hard to break.
Wave after wave of attack from Southampton followed and Nathan Redmond saw his attempt hit the crossbar and in the final seconds Rob Holding headed off the crossbar to steal the points.
In the end, one point was won. A valuable one and a struggling one.
Goalkeeper & Defender
Bernd Leno (GK) – 6/10 – As usual: takes the ball out of the net and otherwise has a mostly pleasant evening. A couple of tame shots and some that stabbed the palms of the hands to deal with. A bit shaky with deliveries, but it’s always difficult when the opponent crowds the goalkeeper.
Rob Holding (CB) – 6/10 – Initially poor. What you’ll excuse is switching to an unresolved hold-three holding that got used to the previous setup. That is not entirely fair, however, as poor positioning and distribution from the back is none other than his fault. Then, when the balls flew in, he made some large clearances. Chalk and cheese.
Gabriel Magalhaes (CB) – 2/10 – Might just copy and paste the above in the case of Gabriel. He would have gotten a quieter ride as he’s been excellent this season, but while his aggressive pushing sometimes pays off, his decision-making has been consistently poor and the red card came.
So, so, so disappointing.
Kieran Tierney (CB) – 5/10 – Can you do it? I agree same excuse for Tierney? He wasn’t having his usual steady evening, but looked sloppy and couldn’t find a teammate with his usually accurate delivery. Stand firm for the late barrage.