Southampton star Theo Walcott commented on the “fear” afflicting the Arsenal team after opening the scoring against his former employers on Wednesday.
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.
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 inArsenaltonight, to be honest,” he said to Amazonafter 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.”
Source : goal.com