Aribo thrilled with first Saints goal



Nigeria international, Joe Aribo, is pleased to have come off the bench to help Southampton claim a point in the 2-2 draw with Leeds United in the Premier League game at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors scored twice courtesy of Rodrigo in the 46th and 60th minutes but Aribo halved the deficit in the 72nd minute after converting Adam Armstrong’s assist. Kyle Walker-Peters scored the equaliser with nine minutes to go.

The Nigerian however stated that he is still learning regarding his missed chance seconds after coming on.

“I am buzzing. I was able to leave my impact on the game,” Aribo, who joined the Saints from Rangers, told BBC’s Solent Sport.

“Surprised I got my first Premier League goal with my right foot. I thought I should have chested it and volleyed it but I keep learning.”

The versatile attacker believes the comeback by the Saints was a statement about the team’s ability.

“(Southampton’s comeback) just shows what we are capable of. It shows the spirit, and hunger in the group,” Aribo concluded.

Meanwhile, Walker-Peters lauded the impact made by the new signings on Saturday in their home debut.

“Sekou (Mara) came on and got an assist and Joe (Aribo) came on and scored,” the attacker told the club’s website.

“The new guys have fitted in really well; I think as a group we’ve made it easy for them to settle in and that showed today.”

The next assignment for the Saints will be away to Leicester City.