Southampton 3 – Arsenal 2
Southampton stunned Arsenal on Sunday in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s 22-game unbeaten run can to an end at St Mary’s, as relegation-threatened Southampton won just their second match of the season.
It was a massive boost for new Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.
The win lifted the Saints out of the bottom three.
Charlie Austin was the match-winner for Southampton in the 85th minute.
In the first half, Danny Ings twice got in-behind the Arsenal backline to score. Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice for Arsenal in the defeat.
Laurent Koscielny exposed at Southampton
In his weekly column in the Times, Tony Cascarino has picked on Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.
Is that a bit harsh?
Koscielny made his first Premier League appearance of the season against the Saints.
The French centre-half has been sidelined for months due to his chronic Achilles problems.
However, after a couple of run-outs for the U23s and in Europe, Koscielny was back in the XI as Arsenal had significant defensive issues.
Both Sokratis Papstathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi were suspended for the Southampton game, while Rob Holding has a long term injury.
Koscielny was at fault for both of Danny Ings’ goals.
On both occasions Koscielny misjudged balls into the Arsenal box.
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— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) December 16, 2018
According to Cascarino, Koscielny has always struggled in the air, while he should now be reduced to a bench player.
Moreover the pundit advocated for Arsenal to invest in a new centre-half in the transfer market if the club hope to progress:
I know he was missing three senior centre backs at but it is still an area for the club to strengthen.
Laurent Koscielny is returning from a bad injury but I have never been convinced about his aerial ability.
It is a real weakness and he is a squad player if Arsenal want to challenge for trophies.