Wenger questions Arsenal desire after St Mary's draw

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ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger was left hoping his men did not under-estimate Saints during tonight’s 1-1 Premier League draw at St Mary’s.

The result brought the Gunners back down to earth following their 7-3 win over Newcastle at the weekend.

Arsenal are now four points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, who also have a game in hand, and Wenger pulled no punches following the draw.

"We were not very good offensively, we didn't create enough,” he said.

“Defensively we were not too many times under threat but we didn't create enough chances.

"We just scored seven on Saturday and of course I'm afraid we lacked sharpness and desire.

"Was it deeply underestimating Southampton? I hope not."

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8:45pm Tue 1 Jan 13

SaintMax says...

Methinks you thought you had 3 points just by turning up.
Methinks you thought you had 3 points just by turning up. SaintMax
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8:47pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Abbey Saint says...

Seems to me very few professional players managers and pundits are still underestimating the Saints. Sadly, some Echo armchair posters continue to write off Adkins and the team. As Saints continue to grow
Seems to me very few professional players managers and pundits are still underestimating the Saints. Sadly, some Echo armchair posters continue to write off Adkins and the team. As Saints continue to grow Abbey Saint
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8:49pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Abbey Saint says...

Seems to me very few professional players managers and pundits are still underestimating the Saints. Sadly, some Echo armchair posters continue to write off Adkins and the team. As Saints continue to grow into the premiership, lets hope the doubters will begin to see sense
Seems to me very few professional players managers and pundits are still underestimating the Saints. Sadly, some Echo armchair posters continue to write off Adkins and the team. As Saints continue to grow into the premiership, lets hope the doubters will begin to see sense Abbey Saint
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10:07pm Tue 1 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

It is typical of the Press that we get, it wasn't because we played well, it was simply that the other team played badly.
It is typical of the Press that we get, it wasn't because we played well, it was simply that the other team played badly. OSPREYSAINT
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11:39pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
It is typical of the Press that we get, it wasn't because we played well, it was simply that the other team played badly.
Watched it in a pub in Oxfordshire. Had two Gooners on the next table.

At the end of the match, one of them said, 'Arsenal played poorly and were only good for a point.' I (gently) rounded on him and said that Arsenal were, in fact, lucky - as ever - to get ONE point but not because they had played badly, but because, in outplaying them, we had played so well.

I'm gutted we didn't win. Every Saints player (subs and all) played well.

Guly was unblucky for their goal and since when has such a slight touch (by Ramirez) been a foul. Having been floored yet not given a penalty in the first half (I guess he's getting something of an unfair reputation for diving), he must wonder what sort of rules English refs and linos are applying.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: It is typical of the Press that we get, it wasn't because we played well, it was simply that the other team played badly.[/p][/quote]Watched it in a pub in Oxfordshire. Had two Gooners on the next table. At the end of the match, one of them said, 'Arsenal played poorly and were only good for a point.' I (gently) rounded on him and said that Arsenal were, in fact, lucky - as ever - to get ONE point but not because they had played badly, but because, in outplaying them, we had played so well. I'm gutted we didn't win. Every Saints player (subs and all) played well. Guly was unblucky for their goal and since when has such a slight touch (by Ramirez) been a foul. Having been floored yet not given a penalty in the first half (I guess he's getting something of an unfair reputation for diving), he must wonder what sort of rules English refs and linos are applying. Strasbourg Saint
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8:39am Wed 2 Jan 13

SaintMax says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
It is typical of the Press that we get, it wasn't because we played well, it was simply that the other team played badly.
Watched it in a pub in Oxfordshire. Had two Gooners on the next table.

At the end of the match, one of them said, 'Arsenal played poorly and were only good for a point.' I (gently) rounded on him and said that Arsenal were, in fact, lucky - as ever - to get ONE point but not because they had played badly, but because, in outplaying them, we had played so well.

I'm gutted we didn't win. Every Saints player (subs and all) played well.

Guly was unblucky for their goal and since when has such a slight touch (by Ramirez) been a foul. Having been floored yet not given a penalty in the first half (I guess he's getting something of an unfair reputation for diving), he must wonder what sort of rules English refs and linos are applying.
Exactly! My own brother (shame) is a gooner and his reaction was they didn't play well.
I said we hassled them in midfield stifled them in attack and stretched them at the back.
Even Boruc grew with the game..!
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: It is typical of the Press that we get, it wasn't because we played well, it was simply that the other team played badly.[/p][/quote]Watched it in a pub in Oxfordshire. Had two Gooners on the next table. At the end of the match, one of them said, 'Arsenal played poorly and were only good for a point.' I (gently) rounded on him and said that Arsenal were, in fact, lucky - as ever - to get ONE point but not because they had played badly, but because, in outplaying them, we had played so well. I'm gutted we didn't win. Every Saints player (subs and all) played well. Guly was unblucky for their goal and since when has such a slight touch (by Ramirez) been a foul. Having been floored yet not given a penalty in the first half (I guess he's getting something of an unfair reputation for diving), he must wonder what sort of rules English refs and linos are applying.[/p][/quote]Exactly! My own brother (shame) is a gooner and his reaction was they didn't play well. I said we hassled them in midfield stifled them in attack and stretched them at the back. Even Boruc grew with the game..! SaintMax
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11:55am Wed 2 Jan 13

SFCOLDBOY says...

Luke Shaw was immense.
At 17 having played all of the recent games.
To prevent any penetration by Chamberlane, who was taken off,shows what a star he is beginning to be.
The team put in a terrific shift playing for each other and were robbed of their winner by a carp decision.
Luke Shaw was immense. At 17 having played all of the recent games. To prevent any penetration by Chamberlane, who was taken off,shows what a star he is beginning to be. The team put in a terrific shift playing for each other and were robbed of their winner by a carp decision. SFCOLDBOY
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