Gabriel Jesus has explained why Arsenal seem to have stumble on the Premier League title race after the dramatic draw against Southampton.
Arsenal slumped in front of their home fans in what would have been a shock win for relegation-trapped Southampton who are rocked bottom in the Premier League table.
The Saints’ spirited challenge saw them swept the Gunners off their feet early in the game with two quick goals.
Aaron Ramsdale laid the ball on a platter for Alcaraz with an outrageous blunder after he mistakenly passed the ball to the Southampton player inside Arsenal’s half.
Alcaraz grabbed the opener with a thunderbolt strike into the net to give Southampton the lead just in the first minute of play.
The Saints made bold attempts to grab a shock win at Emirates when Theo Walcott doubled the lead in the 14th minute after slotting home Alcaraz’s throughball.
It was a nightmare start for the Gunners but there were glimmers of a comeback hope after Gabriel Martinelli crashed in Bukayo Saka’s cross to put one back for the Gunners.
Shockingly, Southampton further water down Arsenal’s comeback efforts when Caletar-Car nodded home Bella-Kotchap’s cornerkick to double Southampton’s lead again.
However, the Gunners fought back with two late goals from Martin Oddegard and Bukayo Saka as they escaped defeat at the death to salvage a point against the visitors.
The match ended in a dramatic 3-3 draw after the final whistle. It was the third in a row Arsenal have dropped points in the Premier League title race.
They drew 2-2 with Liverpool, drew with same scoreline against West Ham before the six-goal thriller at the Emirates on Friday.
They are now five points clear of Manchester City who have two outstanding matches with some pundits maintaining the Gunners must have conceded the Premier League title challenge to Manchester City after the Southampton thriller.
Gabriel Jesus explains why Arsenal have stumbled on the Premier League title race
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Gabriel Jesus admitted the team have struggled of recent to keep abreast of the title race challenge from Manchester City.
He attributed the sudden slip in form to the youthfulness of the squad and lack of experience as champions.
According to him, Arsenal are mainly young players and have lacked the experience of championship winners who are more bound to be consistent.
“We are the youngest team in the league, not making excuses. Sometimes we do right and sometimes we do wrong, everyone can make mistakes that is why it is so important to stick together.
“We dropped a little bit of our level and focus, this is the Premier League, it is so difficult to win this competition.”
However, Gabriel Jesus remained upbeat on Arsenal Premier League title chances as the club is set to square up against Manchester City in a crunch title-decider in their next fixture.
Despite the draw against Southampton, Arsenal are five points clear on the Premier League top but have played two games more than Manchester City.
They need nothing less than a win against Manchester City at Etihad to stay in pole position to win the title.