Mikel Arteta feels “empty” after dramatic night at the Emirates vs Southampton

Mikel Arteta feels "empty" after dramatic night at the Emirates vs Southampton

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has expressed disappointment over his team’s performance during their Premier League game against relegation-bound Southampton.Mikel Arteta feels "empty" after dramatic night at the Emirates vs Southampton

In a dramatic and high-tempered week 32 match of the English Premier League played at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal rallied with two last-minute goals to snatch a point against a hard-fighting Southampton side.

Mikel Arteta claimed right after the encounter that he felt so empty and highly disappointed because he didn’t get the three points in front of their home fans.

Carlos Alcarez gave Southampton an early lead in the 11th minute of the first half after he intercepted a hasty clearance from Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Former Arsenal right winger Theo Walcott made it 2-0 for Southampton in the 14th minute of the first half.

Gabriel Martinelli reduced the deficit for Arsenal in the 20th minute of the half after a set-up by Bukayo Saka. Duje Caleta Car shot Southampton 3-1 up in the 66th minute of the second half of the match.

Before Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard and winger Bukayo Saka, respectively, scored Arsenal’s second and third goals in the 88th and 90th minutes of the second half to draw the match 3-3.

Southampton’s 3-3 draw at Emirates Stadium did not in any way improve the fortunes of the club, as it still occupies the last rung of the English Premier League table with 24 points in 32 matches.

Arsenal is leading the league with 75 points in 32 matches.

Speaking on how he feels about the 3-3 draw, the Arsenal coach told the club website:

Well at the end, empty obviously, because it was a very emotional game and I’m disappointed because we didn’t get the three points. After all that happened in the game I still believe that we deserved it, but we have to look in the mirror because we gave three really easy goals away and when you do that it’s extremely difficult to win in this league.

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