Arsenal 2 Southampton 2
Lacazette, 18, 96, Ings, 8, Ward-Prowse, 71

Arsenal left it late as they struggled to get a point at home to Southampton with Unai Emery failing to inspire his side to more. A ¬†calamitous Gunners’ defence let in Danny Ings to fire in the opener past an exposed Bernd Leno and in truth, the Saints had several opportunities to add to their lead. However Alexandre Lacazette levelled for the Gunners, but that did nothing for the home side’s confidence as the visitors sensed further rich pickings. Maybe they hadn’t relied on the generosity and further naive defending from Kieran Tierney. The Scott tugged back Ings and although Leno saved the resultant penalty, he could do nothing as James Ward-Prowse followed up to restore his side’s lead. Emery looked out of his depth as his talented side struggled against the Saints. Deep into time added on, Gabriel Martinelli’s cross was pounced on by Lacazette to level and give Arsenal a somewhat fortuitous point when in truth, the visitors should have claimed much more.

Emery’s methods seem to have hit a wall, and the players seem to be unable to respond to what he is asking of them. The Arsenal fans however seem to have had their fill. Calls for Emery to be relieved of his duties are growing, but the board had only days earlier given the Arsenal head coach time to rectify matters. On the evidence here, maybe a fresh start all round might be the better option.

Arsenal started with a three man defence of Sokratis, Calum Chambers and David Luiz. All three failed to be alert as Ryan Bertrand’s quick free kick enabled Ings to go clear to slot past Leno. The mood inside the Emirates stadium was flat and even when Lacazette levelled after 18 minutes, you never sensed that the Gunners would start firing. Southampton however were bright and inventive, as Ings and Michael Obafemi took charge. Pepe’s introduction at the break at the expense of Chambers suggested that Emery had got his selection wrong. Pepe did at least show willing, clipping the bar from one effort, but the defence remained a real vulnerability.

Ward-Prowse following up from his spot kick seemed to present the visitors with the chance of a first win at Arsenal since 1987, but Lacazette was on hand to deny them that fete. Arsenal are  now winless in their last five Premier League games since the 1-0 victory against Bournemouth in October, picking up just three points from the last 15 on offer. The statistics will make for shocking viewing for Arsenal and Emery alike. Something has to give and despite all the assurances, it seems that Arsenal may have to seriously consider a new head coach if the current malaise is to be arrested.