Arsenal Midfielder Sambi Lokonga has slammed Arsenal’s performance at the Saints Mary stadium following their defeat to Southampton.
The Gunners have dropped from the top four after three consecutive defeats in a row.
Sambi replaced injured Party in the starting lineup after the Ghanaian international suffered an injury that will rule him out of the whole season.
What did Lokonga say?
Speaking to Arsenal.com he said: ‘It’s a big disappointment. I think everybody in the dressing room knows that it’s not enough for the moment but we need to stick together and get back to winning ways.
‘Yeah, I think we had the chances to score but the keeper played well. Today the reality is that we lost so we cannot talk too much about it.
“We know the plan, we know what we have to do, of course, (some of) the main players are missing but yeah, we need to give our best so we don’t feel they’re missing.’
Mikel Arteta claimed after the match that his player is unhappy about the defeat to Southampton
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Arteta admitted that the Arsenal players are disappointed and unhappy after the game.
‘They are really down today, and they are down because they cannot find the right answer apart from what we can do better around the box, and not win the match,’ said Arteta in his post-match press conference.
‘That’s the frustration – when somebody is better than you you shake their hands and you have to do something, you have to believe in yourself, you have to be critical of yourself.
‘But when it’s happening the way it happened – apart from 25 minutes against Palace, and some period against Brighton in the first half – it’s very difficult to explain, and accept.’
When asked how he thinks Arsenal’s goal threat can be improved, he said: ‘Well something clicks and instead of the ball hitting the post – like it did twice last week and hits the goalkeeper and gets deflected and goes outside – [instead] it goes in.
‘This is very difficult to predict because to create more – I can’t remember a game where Arsenal has played with this team, where they have created and dominated in a game more and better.
‘But the result is that at the end we need to be where we have to be, and if we are not able to do that we aren’t not going to be there – it’s as simple as that.
‘Because you don’t have enough quality to be there, because we have to win football matches and we have to score more goals, and that’s a problem we have at the moment.’
Arsenal face Chelsea in a must win Premier League match on Wednesday.they Currently sixth on the league table behind Tottenham and Manchester United, Arteta’s side must at least get a point from the match if they want to keep their top four hopes alive.