Southampton left the Emirates with just one point after drawing 1-1 with Arsenal on Wednesday night, but the Saints should be disappointed that they couldn’t make it three wins in a row.
Theo Walcott gave Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side the lead in the first half against his old club before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised shortly into the second half, with a goal that didn’t reflect the away side’s first-half dominance.
However, the South Coast club were handed a big chance to earn all three points when Gabriel was sent off for the home side, though they couldn’t find a winner.
One man who should be disappointed for Southampton is Danny Ings. The usually reliable striker struggled to have much impact on the game at the Emirates and was unable to add the finishing touch to Southampton’s attacks.
As per SofaScore, the former Liverpool man had just 30 touches of the ball during the 90 minutes, which was fewer than Southampton shot-stopper Alex McCarthy – who had 34.
Ings was unable to register a single shot on target at the Emirates and also completed just 14 passed in the game, suggesting that he was never really able to stamp his mark on the game.
Neither of the striker’s crosses were accurate, whilst he was able to win just four of his nine total duels, with the Arsenal defenders seemingly getting the better of the England international.
To compound a disappointing display, the 28-year-old also gave away possession on seven occasions, meaning he was wasteful with the ball on the few occasions he had it.
He badly let his manager down on the night, and had the Saints beast been at his usual best, then perhaps they’d have returned to the Solent with more than one point.
Earlier this year, Clinton Morrison was full of praise for the forward, saying:
“Yes, I would say Danny Ings is top-four quality, most definitely. The season he’s had at Southampton, if you put him in one of the teams at the top four, he’d easily score goals like that.”
However, it was evident that Ings was far from his best on Wednesday night and he will have to be better when the Saints face Manchester City in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday.