By Walter Broeckx
Seven changes compared to the last match against Burnley in the FA cup.
Cech back in goal and Bellerin and Monreal as the full backs. Koscielny and Gabriel continued in the centre of defence. In midfield we had Flamini, Ramsey and Özil. Up front Arsenal started with Campbell, Giroud and Alexis.
Arsenal starting team: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud
On the beach : Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott
First 15 minutes no stream but when I got images Alexis got kicked but no foul given but Özil was punished for… well… er.. being on the field.
People who have seen it can fill in what happened in the comment section.
A bit later a big chance for Arsenal. Cross from Bellerin, a header and then Özil with a foot but right against the outstrechted arm of the goal keeper and the ball went in to a corner. Mason being Mason and ignoring another foul on Alexis. The slightest touch on a Southampton player was called on the other hand. 0-0 after 30 minutes.
A shot from Southampton just went over but it was in the middle of the goal and Cech had it covered. Southampton surely needing a lot of time for every goal kick or throw in. Mason continuing to give each touch from an Arsenal player in favour of Southampton. Southampton with a big chance after a ball came back after a cleared corner but Mané missed in front of goal and his shot went wide. A cross to Giroud but his header struck the arm of the defender and went in to a corner. No penalty as it was a header from close range. Campbell with a cross to Özil but his attempt was blocked by a defender. 0-0 after 45 minutes.
The first real attack of the second half ended with a right footed shot from Giroud to the top corner but a super save from Forster denied the Arsenal striker. Alexis to Özil who cut the ball in front of goal but no Arsenal player on hand to put it over the line. Campbell won it back but his shot went over the crossbar. Gabriel with a bad pass but Mané his shot was straight at Cech. Romeu with his umpteenth foul on Alexis and still no yellow card. Well at least Mason gave the fouls. Giroud with a header after a corner but not enough power so Forster could save it. Mason being an utter stupid ref when a positional offside was called back just at the moment when Arsenal started an attack. And then even putting the ball a few meters back…. time wasting by the ref. 0-0 after 60 minutes and finally a yellow card for a foul on Alexis .
Campbell left the field after 61 minutes and Theo Walcott came on. Bellerin showing his speed to stop a Southampton break after an Arsenal corner. A cross from Theo and a header from Alexis but Forster could stop the effort. A ball bounces loose in the penalty area but twice Theo cannot beat Forster. And another header from Alexis is tipped away by the goalkeeper. A cross from Özil and Koscielny heads over from 3 meters out. Arsenal really had enough chances to be in front now. Giroud his shirt almost removed when trying to head a corner. The next corner has a shot of Alexis on goal but it is saved in front of the goal line. A Southampton player is treated 2 meters in front of their goalline… er…ref did you never heard of that unless a man cannot be moved the treatment has to take place outside the field. The defender just sitting upright so he surely can be moved those 2 meters???? A bleeding headwound is something that can and should be treated outside the field, the player is conscious. I wonder if this will be added in the end. Player jumps up after being treated… so why ref let him sit on the field for so long. It took around 4 minutes and add to that the time wasting…. Still 0-0 after 75 minutes.
Arsenal lost their rhythm after the long treatment a bit. Another header after a free kick from Özil is tipped over by the keeper. Giroud gets a leading arm against his head but no foul for Mason. Mason again finding every opportunity to stop Arsenal from restarting quickly. Forster again denying an Arsenal goal when Alexis is almost one on one. After 84 minutes Coquelin comes on for Flamini.
Coqueling gets booked for his first foul… oh well… more chance for Southampton to waste time.
Then my stream went down, my computer jammed… and when it came back I just was that the ref had put an end to the match. There had been 6 minutes of extra time and for the head wound almost 4 minutes alone were wasted…
A frustrating match as we should have scored but Forster just had one of those days where he just stopped anything that came his way.
A frustrating stream that stopped more than ran fluent, enough chances to win the match and then not so pleasant scores on the other fields. Football can be frustrating from time to time…
What is also sure is : THAT IT DOESN’T EVEN OUT! I thought we would at least get a few goals from referee errors like Southampton did in the first match against them but how come it didn’t happen? Surely all the pundits say it does even out? Myth busted. Just like against Chelsea.