Unai Emery on Sunday admitted Arsenal need to fix their leaky defense after Southampton’s Charlie Austin punished a howler from goalkeeper Bernd Leno to seal a shock 3-2 win that ended the Gunners’ 22-match unbeaten run.
Austin settled a thrilling English Premier League clash at St Mary’s when he headed home with just five minutes left after Leno misjudged Shane Long’s cross.
Southampton had twice taken the lead through Danny Ings, only for Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s brace to draw Arsenal level on each occasion.
Leno’s mistake handed Arsenal their first defeat in 15 league games and brought a stunning halt to their longest unbeaten run in all competitions since 2007.
Conceding Arsenal need to tighten up at the back, Emery said: “We haven’t conceded a lot of chances, but today they scored three goals.”
“That is a lot so we need to improve with this. We need to do some analysis on how we can improve and do better, but our way is a good way and we need to continue,” he said.
“We need to continue taking responsibility for the 90 minutes. Southampton deserved the result because they pushed and played with big ambition,” he added.
While it was a bitter afternoon for Arsenal, Southampton’s first win in 15 matches in all competitions was cause for much celebration.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl, taking charge of his first home game, danced a jubilant jig on the pitch at full-time after securing the maiden victory of his reign.
Hasenhuettl watched Southampton lose 1-0 at Cardiff City in his first match and, in a PR stunt this week, he sent free drinks vouchers to Saints season-ticket holders.
The Austrian, who left his role as RB Leipzig boss in May, was the toast of St Mary’s after Southampton won at home in the Premier League for the first time since April to climb out of the relegation zone.
“It’s amazing what the team can do in a week,” Austrian coach Hasenhuettl said. “It was very intensive, we had time to work on the basics and built the fundamentals for our game.”
“I’m very proud of how focused and uncompromising they [the players] were, and when they had the chances, how merciless they were,” Hasenhuettl said.
It was a fantastic atmosphere and a special feeling here to win the match,” he said.
China wants to unite its 1.4 billion people through soccer, while also using the sport as “a bridge to work with the rest of the world,” Chinese Football Association secretary-general Liu Yi told reporters in an interview published yesterday. Liu spoke about what lies behind the country’s push to become a major soccer power by 2050. Under Chinese President Xi Jinping — who is described by state media as an “avid soccer fan” — the world’s most populous country has grand plans to host and even one day win a World Cup. Liu spoke about “using football to motivate the whole nation.” “Football is
‘JOB NOT DONE’: The outfielder, who hit a homer and stole two bases, said that players ‘have to be good at all aspects of game all the time and not take plays off’ Los Angeles outfielder Mookie Betts put himself in rarefied company with a standout performance in the Dodgers’ Game 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the 116th World Series on Tuesday. Betts sparked the Dodgers’ four-run fifth inning with a walk and two stolen bases, joining Babe Ruth as the only players in World Series history to record such an inning. After walking to lead off the inning, Betts stole second base. After Corey Seager walked, Betts reached third on a double steal, giving the Dodgers runners on second and third with one out. Betts took an aggressive stance off the bag
TENNIS Federer eyes Australia Roger Federer is practicing pain-free after undergoing two knee surgeries this year and said that he expects to return to the circuit at the Australian Open in January. The 39-year-old Swiss reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park at the start of the year, but missed the rest of the season after undergoing a second arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. “I’m on the right track,” he told German-language magazine Schweizer Illustrierte. “I’m gradually coming back, but I’m going to take my time and don’t want to put any pressure on myself. I will only take part in a
Marcus Rashford once again sank Paris Saint-Germain after netting the decisive goal in a 2-1 Champions League win in the French capital. Rashford, who scored the winning spot-kick when United knocked PSG out two seasons ago, drilled home a low shot three minutes from the end, which won a thrilling Group H contest at a near-empty Parc des Princes. United had taken the lead in the 23rd minute when Bruno Fernandes slotted home from the spot at the second attempt, but Anthony Martial inexplicably headed Neymar’s corner into his own net 10 minutes after the break. The rest of the match was an