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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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