It’s been a miserable campaign for Southampton fans so far but Saturday’s 2-2 draw away at Arsenal did at least show signs of life in a team smashed 9-0 at home by Leicester City only last month.
Indeed, top scorer Danny Ings recently spoke of how their performance at the Emirates Stadium was an ‘important step’ in their attempts to rise back up the Premier League and the Saints only trial safety by two points with an awful lot of football still to be played.
Still, it could have been so much more for the visitors on Saturday. As per WhoScored, they had a whopping 21 attempts compared to 12 and one of those missed chances has Gunners fans online actually blaming a Saints player for keeping the under-fire Unai Emery in a job.
Substitute Moussa Djenepo put a late shot wide after Nathan Redmond found him in the box with a cut-back from the byline and could have put his side 3-1 up late in the game prior to Alexandre Lacazette’s last-gasp equalizer.
Such is the feeling towards Emery at the moment with fans and players alike reportedly doubting him, plenty of Gunners fans online were blaming the Malian forward for his miss as a loss may have put more pressure on the Spaniard.
@Arsenal was losing at home and they were playing with no urgency at all, losing ball carelessly and playing most part of the time in their own half … not the kind of spirit needed. Emery must buy Djenepo beer for giving the team a lifeline #ARSSOU
— Adasho Victor (@d_adasho) November 23, 2019
Djenepo doing his best to protect Emery's job.
— sami (@_sami116) November 23, 2019
Moussa Djenepo may well be the only reason Unai Emery still has a job come Monday.
— Solace Chukwu (@TheOddSolace) November 23, 2019
Djenepo might have just saved Unai Emery his job. #ARSSOU
— Jigar Zaveri (@ca_jigarzaveri) November 23, 2019
If Emery survives, Djenepo has blood on his hands
— Said Sharif (@SSharif7) November 23, 2019
If Emery is still at Arsenal by Tuesday, he should buy a cow for Djenepo.
— Aka n'eti nkwa (@nonsooka4) November 23, 2019
Moussa Djenepo missed two absolute sitters for Southampton at the very end of the game. Do you think Emery would have been sacked immediately after the game if he wasn’t such a lousy finisher?#arsecastextra
— Johan Fridh (@johanfridh) November 25, 2019
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