Arsenal played with ‘a lot of fear’, says Walcott

Southampton star Theo Walcott commented on the “fear” afflicting the Arsenal team after opening the scoring against his former employers on Wednesday.

The England international winger needed just 18 minutes to find the net at Emirates Stadium to increase the pressure on Mikel Arteta’s under-performing charges.

The Gunners, though, did manage to strike back, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelling the game just after half-time.

Arsenal were then reduced to 10 men when Gabriel saw red, but they were able to hold on to secure a 1-1 draw that breaks a run of three consecutive Premier League home defeats.

That will come as little consolation to the club, who remain mired in 15th place just five points clear of the relegation zone.

read also:Arsenal players are behind Arteta–Saka reveals

Walcott, who represented Arsenal for 12 years from 2005 to 2017, claimed that he could sense the anxious atmosphere surrounding his former team-mates.

“I felt a lot of fear in Arsenal tonight, to be honest,” he said to Amazon after the game.

Quizzed on Walcott’s comments in his post-match press conference, Arteta stated: “I don’t know. I was going to say that I just spoke with him and he never mentioned that to me. He mentioned other things but not that. I don’t know if he says that it’s his feeling.”

The under-fire manager did express his hope that Wednesday’s draw could prove a turning point for the Gunners after a rotten recent run of form.

“I agree yes because at the end if we lose the game again that would be a difficult one to take,” he said. “The players showed what we expect them to do. Some will be with more or less quality but at least the work is there.

“I saw all the players that weren’t participating and they were on the stands shouting and they were being right behind the team and living the game with them which is a really strong signal as well and I’m really proud.”

Arsenal return to action on Saturday away to Everton at Goodison Park. Southampton meanwhile take on Manchester City as they look to continue their excellent start to the league season.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *