Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has regretted two aspects of his side’s performance in Sunday’s disappointing 1-1 draw at Southampton. Gabriel Jesus contributed to the profligacy in front of goal, continuing his frustrating drought as the Gunners dropped points for the second time this season at St. Mary’s.
Jesus’ run without scoring extended to five games on the south coast as he failed to capitalize on Arsenal’s big spells at the top against Southampton. And after full time, his side’s lack of clinical finishing was one of two issues Arteta expressed annoyance about him.
The Spanish coach accepted that the price is ‘paid’ in the Premier League for not taking advantage of chances. And he, too, lamented the ease with which the visitors lost possession after canceling a dominant start with a sloppy, panicked performance.
He said: “[We can have] no complains [about the result]. we were very good [in the] First half [and] We create opportunities that we do not rule out. In the Premier League, if you do that, you can pay the price. We stop doing the simple things right. We gave away so many balls.”
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Jesus squandered two notable chances during the tie, helping his former club Manchester City close the gap at the top of the Premier League to just two points. And Arteta admitted that he felt the Brazilian striker would be ‘disappointed’ that he couldn’t find the net and end his dry spell.
“I’m sure he’s going to be disappointed today knowing Gabi [Jesus]Arteta added. “He’s having the opportunities, and he’s always there. It’s a shame she couldn’t save them.”
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Jesus began his life at Arsenal with nine direct goal appearances in 10 games, but his contributions have dried up of late. Arteta will no doubt still be happy with his role in his thriving side, who had won their last eight games in all competitions before the Southampton clash.
But Arsenal stumbled against the Saints, which will give encouragement to the chasing pack, especially Man City, in what is shaping up to be an exciting title race. And Jesus’ return to goalscoring form would be more than welcome to help propel the Gunners back to normal, which they’ve been winning every week this season.
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