Walcott: Game was there for us

By SFC Media time Wed 16 Dec Arsenal v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott felt Southampton should have taken all three points from their trip to Arsenal, with the two sides sharing the spoils at Emirates Stadium.

Walcott’s first-half goal against his former employers, and second in a Saints shirt since returning, was cancelled out after the break by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the hosts were reduced to 10 men for the final half-an-hour.

With Gabriel dismissed for a second yellow card, Walcott was left to reflect on a night of mixed emotions.

“It’s a strange one,” he said. “I feel like we would’ve been happy with a point coming here, but when the game goes on and they go down to 10 men, a lot of players will go away from this very disappointed.

“It shows how far this club has come that we come here to the Emirates Stadium and we dominate the ball, work hard for each other and the game was there for us.

“Another 10 minutes and we probably would’ve won, it’s as simple as that, so it’s just a shame.

"But that’s football for you, and we need to make sure we’re at the same level and even higher for the weekend which will be a tough game.

“But we have to come away feeling positive because I feel very confident, the team feels confident and we were probably favourites coming into this game, which I feel shows how far we’ve come as this club is at a level now where we can compete."

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