They call it the commentator’s curse, but on Thursday evening it was a case of the social media editor’s curse.
And Southampton were made to rue their timing as goalkeeper Alex McCarthy produced an awful howler to give Arsenal the lead at St Mary’s, just seconds after he had kept the score goalless.
McCarthy had excelled himself in getting the slightest of touches onto a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shot to divert it against the crossbar.
Alex McCarthy gifted Arsenal an early in their game against Southampton on Thursday
He passed the ball straight to Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, who had an easy tap in
The Gabonese striker had looked certain to score when he was played through into the penalty area before smashing his effort against the woodwork.
It looked a shocking miss, before replays showed that a faint touch from the Saints goalkeeper’s glove saw it cannon off the crossbar and into safety.
Southampton’s Twitter feed could not resist praising their No 1, promptly posting an ‘Alex McCarthy appreciation tweet’ with a replay of the crucial save.
But within seconds of the tweet going live, McCarthy had undone all his hard work, and left the club’s social media team with egg on their faces.
It came just seconds after Southampton had praised a stunning save McCarthy save
McCarthy got the slightest of touches onto Aubameyang’s shot to divert it against the bar
But minutes later he gifted Nketiah the opening goal with a horrendous howler
Nketiah celebrates after giving Arsenal the lead on a sweltering evening at St Mary’s
McCarthy dwelled just a second too long on the ball from a backpass from Jack Stephens before looking to play it back to a team-mate.
But in that time Eddie Nketiah had arrived on the scene and read his intentions superbly to cut the pass out and then score the simplest of taps in to put the Gunners ahead.
In customary style, Twitter was quick to poke fun at Southampton for their tweet.
One user posted: ‘That’s what you call a reverse jinx’, while another remarked ‘this didn’t age well.’
Another tweet reminded the club: ‘There’s still time to delete this’.
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