Arsenal failed to capitalise on their rivals’ woes in the English Premier League on Sunday, failing to win away to Southampton.
After Chelsea lost to West Ham and Manchester United were defeated by their city rivals, it was the perfect weekend to find a way to three points, but the Gunners were held by a resolute Saints side at St Mary’s.
Charlie Austin got the home side on their way in the third minute and could have extended their lead early in the first half with the Arsenal defence performing poorly. The Gunners were eventually bailed out by Olivier Giroud, who netted a vital equaliser just minutes from time.
Fans weren’t happy with the 1-1 draw though and were particularly critical of their defenders, especially veteran Per Mertesacker.
Some supporters feel his best days are behind them, with some even calling for him to never again pull on an Arsenal shirt after his performance.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Per Mertesacker should be nowhere near a football pitch. Reminiscent of Arteta’s final season. Sad. #afc
— ArsenalCentral (@AFCCentralHQ) December 10, 2017
I wish we would drop Xhaka now. He’s been having a dreadful period. Mertesacker? No more of him, please. And I won’t cry my eyes out if we’re selling Alexis. Preferably to someone outside PL. It feels like he’s cramping the others. #afc
— LadyInRed (@Lady_1n_Red) December 10, 2017
— Chris Reilly (@ChrisReillerz) December 10, 2017
— Patrik Koziel (@patrik_koziel) December 10, 2017
— James Ash🏏 (@jamesash89) December 10, 2017
Mertesacker is truly awful, he shouldn't anywhere near a club of Arsenals stature. #SOUARS
— Ian (@IFox05) December 10, 2017
Arsenal are visibly struggling in defence. Monreal can do a job but Mertesacker was terrible and the other two were continuously forced to make up. As soon as Mustafi returns, the better.
— Resurecçion (@theflawedfoot) December 10, 2017
How on earth can Mertesacker be starting – he is completely shocking – get wilshere on and forget that poxy 3 at back rubbish #wengerout
— David Garbacz (@david_garbacz) December 10, 2017
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