Head coach Mikel Arteta was disappointed that his team was unable to extend their lead over City to four points.
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Arsenal currently leads Manchester City by two points. After been held to a 1-1 draw at the Saint Mary’s Stadium.
Granit Xhaka gave Arsenal the lead in the 11th minute, but Stuart Armstrong equalized for Southampton in the second half.
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Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaad both had chances to end the game in the first half but failed to capitalize.
Arsenal could have been awarded a penalty after Jesus was manhandled in the box, but Arteta refuses to blame the referee for the loss.
Following the game, he stated:
“No complaints. This is football. We were really good in the first half and totally controlled the game. We created loads of big chances that we didn’t put away.
In the Premier League, unfortunately, if you don’t do that when you are top of the game, you can have some difficulties.”
“In the second half, we put ourselves in problems with the amount of giveaways that we had, especially with ball possession, and that didn’t allow us to control the game the way we wanted.”
“Their direct play and long throws, and set pieces disrupted the game a lot. We tried to react, and I still think in the second half, the two biggest chances were ours, but we didn’t put them away.”
Asked about how he felt for not getting a penalty in the game, he added:
” I don’t know. I don’t want to comment on that. I want to see the images before I do that.”