Arsenal fan Piers Morgan was forced to delete a tweet after his side drew 1-1 with Southampton on Sunday. Granit Xhaka gave the Gunners the lead in the primary half as he connected with a cross from Ben White, but then Stuart Armstrong equalised for the hosts with 25 minutes remaining.
It was a performance unlike Mikel Arteta’s side this season, as Arsenal have cruised to a position at the highest of the Premier League table with few capable of stand of their way. On Sunday, nonetheless, they slumped to their first league draw of the season as they failed to search out a well beyond Gavin Bazunu for a second time.
Morgan was positive despite the draw as he took to Twitter after the ultimate whistle. “FT: 1-1. Not more than we deserved,” Morgan wrote. “But we’re still unbeaten and still top of the League. #afc.” The broadcaster was correct that Arsenal stayed top despite Manchester City closing the gap to 2 points, nonetheless, the Gunners aren’t unbeaten.
They suffered a 3-1 defeat away to Manchester United last month, which Morgan likely realised or was reminded by his followers as he then deleted his social media message. On September 4, Gabriel Martinelli had a goal disallowed at Old Trafford before Antony gave the Red Devils the lead on his debut.
“The distances on the ball positions were too far, we gave too many easy balls away in very dangerous areas without much pressure, and that didn’t allow us much continuity like we had in the primary half.
“Then you definitely are more drained since the game becomes more open and there are more transitions, and you might be fatigued. I reconsider we finished the sport on top of them and we tried to go for the second goal, but we didn’t discover a approach to do it.”
The result leaves Arsenal still two points clear of Pep Guardiola’s side at the highest of the table, though their lead was cut after Manchester City defeated Brighton 3-1 on Saturday due to a brace from Erling Haaland and a fantastic strike from Kevin De Bruyne to defeat Roberto De Zerbi’s side.