Arsenal’s unbeaten run comes to an end
After losing his first two games as Arsenal boss, Unai Emery had taken Arsenal on a 22-match unbeaten run across all competitions.
Arsenal topped their Europe League group without losing a game, they are through to the quarter-final of the League Cup and had not lost in 14 Premier League games.
So, when Arsenal took on a Southampton side who had won just one league game in 16, everyone excepted the Gunners to extended their unbeaten run to 23 games.
However, a brace from a recently returned Danny Ings, followed by a goal from substitute Charlie Austin, would see Southampton beat Arsenal 3-2 on Sunday.
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Unai Emery on Arsenal’s January transfers
Despite, before Sunday, being on the longest unbeaten run in Europe’s top five leagues, Arsenal were still just 5th in the Premier League.
Also, while it is clear Emery has improved Arsenal since he took over, it is still evident they need to make some additions to their squad.
For example, Arsenal’s defeat to Southampton on Sunday shows they need to improve in the centre-back department.
Granted they were without Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis due to suspensions. But even when Mustafi is available the German has put in some questionable displays this season.
Also with Rob Holding out injured and Calum Chambers unable to be recalled from his loan, Arsenal fans may have been hoping to get a new centre-back in this January.
Unfortunately, Unai Emery has not been too positive when speaking about signing players in the winter window.
When asked if Arsenal would sign anyone this January, Emery stated:
“I don’t know now, because we don’t have a lot of possibility in January. But if we can [we will find] someone to help us.
“But only if we think they are the player than can help us with good performance. January is not good for this reason. But we are going to look and the club is working for this in January.”