Four match ban for Flamini!! Wenger hopes to have new player(s) by Friday….

Morning all.

Not a good one either is it after last night.

I didn’t get to see the game but by all accounts it’s was a pretty dire performance by us, especially in the first half, one in which Southampton went 1-0 up.

Then very early in the second half, Olivier Giroud got a toe on the end of a Bacary Sagna cross to draw us level and then soon after, we went 2-1 up though Santi Cazorla.

Phew, exhale, the game was ours to go on and win from such a good position…

No, the home side got an equaliser and Mathieu Flamini suffered a moment of madness with a bad tackle which resulted in him seeing red.

Jeez, what a bad night all round!!

Flamini will now miss the weekend battle with Crystal Palace, the trip to Anfield and the home fixture against Manchester United and of course the FA Cup match against Liverpool. Oh deep joy, a four match ban!!

We needed to win last night to keep our noses ahead of Manchester City but that didn’t happen and unless our neighbours get something from their game tonight, we are left facing catch up…..

A draw would be nice, after all, we can’t be hoping for a home victory…. Can we?

After last night’s match, Wenger said:

Overall I would say it is a difficult point but a fair point in a very good football game, so I wouldn’t say like you it was a very bad performance.

You want the three points in every game but it is a difficult place Southampton. When you look at the overall record it can happen sometimes away from home you take only one point.

I don’t want to look for any excuses. In the first half, we played in second gear and Southampton in fourth. They played at a higher pace than us, decided to stop us from playing and did it very well. It is difficult to maintain but they did it for 90 minutes and they did it very well in the first-half.

From that I guess it was a point earned rather than two dropped although had we got going….

More bad news on the injury front as Aaron Ramsey suffered a setback to his return in training yesterday and although Arsene Wenger says he hopes the player needs a week, the reality is it’s going to be longer. Santi Cazorla left the pitch last night and looks like he’s going to be out for a while too.

Arsene Wenger was asked after the game whether or not he’s going to sign someone by Friday:

I hope we have something to tell you.

So do I Arsene, so do I because we needed to sign players before, we definitely need to do now…..

That’s your lot for another day as the Draxler and Morata stories rumble on…..

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