Arsenal player ratings as 10-man Gunners drop points against Southampton

Mikel Arteta breathed a sigh of relief after his 10-man Arsenal side picked up a valuable point at home to in-form Southampton on Wednesday.

The Gunners boss has been under pressure amid a dismal run of results, but saw his side battle from a goal down to earn a share of the spoils.

Former Arsenal forward Theo Walcott looked to have kick-started another sorry evening for his old club, dinking a shot over Benrd Leno on 18 minutes after a quick breakaway.

Arteta needed a reaction from his players, and got one when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his first goal from open play in 11 matches to equalise.

But Arsenal were given a nervy finish after defender Gabriel pulled down Walcott to receive his second booking and leave his side battling with a man fewer for the final half hour.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended his goal drought to rescue a point for his side
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended his goal drought to rescue a point for his side

Here are Darren Lewis’s player ratings from The Emirates.

Arsenal

Leno 6

Could he have done more to make himself bigger for Walcott’s opener?

Tierney 6

Difficult night with Walcott marauding down the right.

Gabriel 5

Mistake at the end of the first half. Rightly sent off in the second for two yellows.

Gabriel pulls back Theo Walcott to earn himself a second yellow card
Gabriel pulls back Theo Walcott to earn himself a second yellow card

Holding 7

Unlucky to see his late, late header hit the crossbar

Maitland-Niles 6

Solid without being particularly eye catching. A decent shift.

Pepe 6

Possibly had more time than he thought for his 42nd-minute shot.

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka takes on Southampton's Kyle Walker-Peters
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka takes on Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters

Elneny 7

More energy in the second half as Arsenal found a way back into it.

Ceballos 6

Silly first half yellow card for dissent. Decent 28th minute shot.

Saka 8

Took a whack early but recovered to fashion Arsenal’s best chances – including the goal.

Rob Holding congratulates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his goal
Rob Holding congratulates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his goal

Aubameyang 8

Back in the old routine with a superb finish to end his goal drought.

Nketiah 6

Micro-managed through the game by Arteta but to no avail.

Subs:

Luiz for Nketiah (65) 7

Willock for Ceballos (67) 7

Cedric for Pepe (83)

Southampton

McCarthy 7

Quick reactions to prevent Saka’s effort being turned in by Bednarek.

Walker-Peters 5

Tough night coping with Saka’s runs and Aubameyang’s movement.

Vestergaard 7

Always a threat at set pieces and coped well enough with the Arsenal attack.

Oriel Romeu battles for possession with Eddie Nketiah
Oriel Romeu battles for possession with Eddie Nketiah

Bednarek 6

Breathed a sigh of relief that McCarthy stopped him scoring an own goal. Booked.

Bertrand 6

Booked for a tasty challenge in front of the dug out on Pepe.

Armstrong 6

Sometimes too slow to release the ball in dangerous moments.

Theo Walcott chips the ball over Bernd Leno to score Southampton's opener
Theo Walcott chips the ball over Bernd Leno to score Southampton’s opener

Romeu 8

Super ball in for Redmond chance which he should have stuck away.

Ward-Prowse 8

So good with his interceptions at halting Arsenal’s attacks.

Walcott 8

Had clearly been hungry for this night. Superbly taken finish.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles carries the ball past Danny Ings
Ainsley Maitland-Niles carries the ball past Danny Ings

Adams 7

A perfect foil for Walcott and Ings. Fine through ball for the goal.

Ings. 6

Desperate to get on the scoresheet – but not in the game enough. Booked.

Subs:

Redmond for Armstrong (63) 7

Djenepo for Walcott (63) 7

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