‘We couldn’t put the ball into the net’: Mikel Arteta claims his side missed ‘three or four’ opportunities and needed ‘two or three goals’ in ‘disappointing’ 1-1 Southampton draw as Arsenal’s scintillating run is stalled
- Mikel Arteta believes his side needed to score ‘two or three goals’ on Sunday
- The Gunners drew for only the first time as they were held by Southampton
- Arteta admitted he was ‘frustrated’ by his side’s lack of a clinical final touch
Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal were taught a painful lesson by Southampton, who battled back to take two points from the Premier League leaders on Sunday.
Arsenal led for nearly an hour through Granit Xhaka’s early goal and could have put the game to bed by half-time.
But the visitors were guilty of missing several golden chances, with Gabriel Jesus particularly wasteful at St Mary’s.
Mikel Arteta lamented his side’s missed chances in 1-1 draw against Southampton on Sunday
Southampton stirred in the second half and Stuart Armstrong scored their equaliser with 25 minutes to go.
‘I am frustrated,’ Arteta said. ‘We couldn’t put the ball into the net… in the Premier League, one goal is never enough.’
Arsenal drew for the first time this campaign
He added: ‘We had three or four good opportunities and should have scored more. We needed two or three goals, but only scored one.
‘It’s disappointing. We created enough chances but couldn’t put the ball away. It’s a lesson because we wanted to win again.’
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have now taken five points from three matches to move three points clear of the relegation zone and the manager was pleased with his side’s response after the break.
‘We didn’t give away chances in the second half and took our chances thanks to counterattacks,’ he said.
‘The goal was brilliant. This is what we try, to be brave with the ball. It didn’t always work, it sometimes doesn’t against such top teams, but we tried it all the time and it was good to see.’
Southampton had Gavin Bazunu to thank during the first half. The goalkeeper made several key saves, including from Jesus who has now gone five matches without a goal.
‘I’m sure today he will be disappointed because he had the chances to put them away,’ Arteta said.
‘Knowing Gabi he’s disappointed when he scores two goals and could have scored three or four so he can do that. But he’s having the chances and he’s always there. He gives so much to the team and it’s a shame he couldn’t put them away today.’
Stuart Armstrong’s finish cancelled out the visitors’ opener with less than half an hour to play
Spanish boss Arteta believes that his side needed to score ‘two or three goals’ in the match
The striker himself said: ‘When we scored the goal, we kept playing our game and creating chances – I had a few chances.
‘I think we can increase the level again, as a team and as an individual. We have to concentrate more, focus more without the ball.
‘We go home today a little upset because of the way we played, we should have scored more goals and then we win the game.’
Gabriel Jesus (centre) called on his side to raise the level both as ‘a team and as an individual’