Arsenal 2-2 Southampton: Emery Under More Pressure As Lacazette Double Rescues Point

Arsenal’s miserable run of form continued as they drew 2-2 with Southampton at the Emirates, making it five Premier League games without a win.

James Ward-Prowse’s second-half goal looked to have secured all three points after Alexandre Lacazette had cancelled out Danny Ings’ opener, heaping more pressure on Unai Emery – but Lacazette struck in the fifth minute of injury time for a point.

The Spaniard had made two changes to the side that had lost at Leicester before the international break, with Sokratis returning in place of Rob Holding, and Kieran Tierney selected at left-wing-back ahead of Sead Kolasinac.

But it was the visitors who took the lead after just eight minutes, with the help of more abysmal Arsenal defending as they were caught napping by a quick free-kick, allowing Ings to steer past Leno one-on-one via the near post.

They were behind for just ten minutes before Tierney’s cross found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and though his shot was blocked, it fell kindly for Lacazette to finish past the man on the line.

Still, the equaliser did little to spark life into the home side, and at half-time Emery ditched the back three, sending on record-signing Nicolas Pepe in place of Calum Chambers.

The shift had an instant impact, as Aubameyang was denied by a sprawling stop from Alex McCarthy after excellent play between Lacazette and Mesut Ozil, before Pepe himself struck the bar with an acrobatic volley.

However, the old frailties at the other end remained, and Sokratis somehow got away with conceding possession inside his own box when Cedric Soares put too much on what should have been a simple square pass to Nathan Redmond for a tap-in.

Soon after, though, they were behind again, as Tierney was adjudged to have pulled Ings down inside the box, and though Ward-Prowse’s spot-kick was well saved by Bernd Leno, he tucked home the rebound as the discontent in north London grew once more.

Lacazette’s late goal secured a point, but the boos rang out at full-time for Arsenal and Emery.

Is time finally up for Unai Emery at the club?

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