Saints inflict third straight defeat on Arsenal

Saturday, April 16, 2022
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Saints Inflict Third Straight Loss on Arsenal

It is difficult to see where Arsenal are getting their 'won' streak from this season. But the Saints' third straight defeat is certainly a setback. This article takes a look at the home side's winless run‚ Danny Forster's performance and the criticism of Arsene Wenger by David Seaman. Then we'll look at the match's other key issues.

Saints' winless home run

A win for Southampton has taken them to a winning start in the Premier League and they continue their run of form at the start of the season with a 3-0 victory over Chelsea. The loss for Arsenal has pushed them out of the Champions League places‚ though they still have a game in hand over Tottenham. This means that Arsenal have a lot to prove at St Mary's on Sunday. After the early season criticism‚ the Gunners have made a strong start to the 2021-22 campaign. Since then‚ they've won four Premier League matches and five EFL Cup games‚ beating Southampton‚ West Ham‚ Leeds United‚ and Norwich City. They have also scored 14 goals in their last three matches and are four points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham. Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also within touching distance. Spurs are the only side that has won more matches at home than Southampton in the Premier League this season. Tottenham‚ meanwhile‚ are unbeaten in seven games and have a total of 30 points from 17 matches. They are three points behind Arsenal but have a game in hand. Southampton‚ on the other hand‚ have been struggling in recent matches‚ with their last two games being draws. Southampton are desperate to avoid a relegation-threatened season and will be looking to bounce back at Carrow Road. They are one point below Manchester United and two behind the top six‚ but are a relegation candidate themselves. However‚ Southampton only have three more games to play and need a win to secure safety from the drop. A win on Saturday would mean a win at St Mary's and third successive Premier League defeat for Arsenal. A win at Saints' stadium on January 11 would also be a big boost for the team. With a win‚ the Saints would become the first team in history to reach the Super Bowl after three straight defeats. The Saints' last season ended with a 13-point loss to the Seattle Seahawks‚ which was more than their season-long tally of 34 points.

Thierry Henry's goalscoring record

Thierry Henry equalled Ian Wright's record as Arsenal's top goalscorer with two in the 2-0 Champions League win over Sparta Prague. He came on as a substitute after the injury to Jose Antonio Reyes and was immediately involved in a brilliant counter-attack. Thierry Henry's second goal was a stunning chip to complete a hat-trick for Arsenal. Thierry Henry was born in Les Ulis‚ France‚ and went on to become a highly-regarded player in his country. He won the Premier League twice and was a member of the 'Invincibles' side of 2003-04. Thierry Henry went on to score more than 400 goals in the Premier League‚ and he also registered 74 assists in his career. His 20 assists in one season are the joint record for a single season. Only Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne is likely to match that total in the coming season. In the first meeting of these sides in 2002‚ Arsenal dominated in a 2-0 victory over Southampton. A month later‚ Southampton came to Highbury‚ the scene of its last Premier League home game. In that match‚ Arsenal had won seven consecutive games and extended their unbeaten run to 24. It took until late February 2004‚ however‚ for Southampton to inflict a third straight defeat on Arsenal. In the second meeting between the sides‚ the Gunners won 4-3. Thierry Henry‚ Robert Pires and Jimmy Carter scored goals. Thierry Henry's second goal was enough to earn Arsenal three points. The match started in a similar fashion to the previous match. Saints' first goal came from a corner kick‚ while their second came from a Thierry Henry cross. After the break‚ Southampton dominated possession and created plenty of chances to score. However‚ they couldn't capitalize on their first-half dominance and were unable to score a third. Then‚ in the 94th minute‚ the England left-back beat Smith to score their third goal of the match. However‚ this didn't stop Saints from a point. The final match of the Premier League season was a tough one for Arsenal‚ as they had lost to Bayern Munich in Germany. After the defeat at Olympiakos‚ Arsenal were unable to beat Bayern Munich in their quarter-final match. This defeat was their worst loss since 1896. The Saints‚ on the other hand‚ beat Arsenal by eight goals in a row‚ and the result was the same for both sides.

Danny Forster's performance

After a disappointing start to the season‚ the Gunners have a game in hand over Tottenham and a tricky trip to Chelsea on Sunday. Despite the defeat‚ Arsenal remain in fourth place‚ and their defeat will be heartening for rivals Manchester United and West Ham. The game came at a crucial time for the Gunners‚ as their goal difference against rivals was very high. Despite Southampton's impressive performance‚ they could only manage to score twice‚ and their defence was largely exposed as a result. The Gunners were dominated on the ball but failed to create clear-cut chances. During the first half‚ Forster palmed Gabriel Martinelli's curling effort onto the bar and tipped Saka's close range effort over the bar. Despite their poor defensive display‚ Arsenal dominated possession but lacked tempo to create any real openings. As a result‚ Saints deserved the win. Although Southampton were dominated in the first half‚ they looked more confident after the break‚ and Danny Forster was superb at the back. Norwich City's fans were not impressed with the Saints' performance. In fact‚ they were unimpressed with the performance of their team and wished that they had won the game at home. The game will also be a reminder of the importance of a strong defence‚ as Saints are always dangerous on the counterattack. Despite conceding the second goal‚ the Saints resisted Arsenal's comeback well‚ preventing them from converting a second and grabbing a point. Despite the early goal‚ Charlie Austin's form has increased in recent weeks‚ with four goals in his last three starts. The midfielder's first goal of the season came off a sloppy clearance from Per Mertesacker. The goalkeeper saved the goal and Forster's brilliant performance ensured the Saints stayed ahead. Southampton had not played Arsenal for more than a week and had suffered two defeats in as many matches. However‚ this latest defeat against Arsenal was their fourth consecutive loss in the league‚ so it will be important to win in the Premier League. And if they can do that‚ they can be assured of staying in the top four. And after two defeats to Chelsea‚ Southampton can now win their third game in a row.

David Seaman's criticism of Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal striker David Seaman has hit out at Arsene Wenger after his side's poor start to the new Premier League season. The Gunners have lost all three games and sit joint bottom of the table‚ but Seaman is of the opinion that his critics are unfair. Seaman says that the team needs two star signings - one of whom should be a finished article - if they are to compete for the title. Wenger has had his fair share of critics‚ and Seaman's comments are certainly a response to the recent anti-Wenger banner that was unfurled at the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal's 1-0 win over West Brom. However‚ Seaman‚ who was at Arsenal when Wenger arrived‚ has hit back at his critics‚ saying: Thanks for the memories‚ but now it is time to say goodbye. Arsene Wenger has faced numerous criticism over the past few years‚ and Seaman believes he should have copied the methods of Jose Mourinho. Despite being criticized for being a very defensive manager‚ the Portuguese has won major trophies with his side. This criticism is particularly pointed at Wenger's handling of individual players‚ which Seaman believes is the root of the Arsenal's problems. David Seaman's criticism of Arse Wenger has also prompted the former Arsenal manager to claim that Chelsea could hire him if Maurizio Sarri were to fail to win the Premier League. Arsene Wenger ended his 22-year spell at the club at the end of last season and has since been linked with a number of managerial roles. If Wenger does indeed join the Chelsea job‚ he is a top candidate.