Southampton Arsenal 1-0: Holders knocked out by Saints

The Arsenal holders had been sent crashing out of the FA Cup as a goal by Gabriel Magalhaes himself earned Southampton a well-deserved fourth spherical tie on the south coast.

Mikel Arteta made seven adjustments to his side and was with out captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for private causes because the Gunners had been dominated out, shedding their grip following a 1-0 loss at St Mary’s.

Southampton ought to have gained by an even bigger margin however now face a visit to Wolves in spherical 5 as Gabriel’s poor return to the Arsenal side is capped by unintentionally deciding on the tie in favor of the hosts.


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The Saints began out energetic and upset the Gabriel recalled within the opening minute.

Danny Ings was then picked unfastened contained in the field and his effort was deflected behind, with James Ward-Prowse hitting the crossbar instantly from a nook as he tried to catch Bernd Leno off his line.

Arsenal a minimum of began to get a foothold within the sport as Mohamed Elneny’s advantageous move ultimately led to nothing, with former Saints defender Cedric taking pictures over shortly thereafter.

However the guests nonetheless seemed frail within the back as Che Adams burst previous Gabriel as if he wasn’t there earlier than forcing a wise cease out of Leno.

Gabriel Martinelli then handed on a great alternative to place the 14-time FA Cup winners forward, deceptive his shot after breaking the offside lure of a free kick.

Saints took the lead simply earlier than the midway point of the primary half as Elneny surrendered possession on the sting of his personal field.

The ball was labored vast for Kyle Walker-Peters, whose cross-cum-shot was deflected to his personal goal by the unfortunate Gabriel, the primary time Arsenal surrendered in 508 minutes.

The second half began in a similar way, with Arsenal relentlessly in possession as Southampton pressed the relentless backline.

Arteta responded by turning to his bench, introducing Thomas Partey and Bukayo Saka simply earlier than the hour.

But it surely was defender Rob Holding who robbed a great equalizer alternative, sending an effort over the crossbar after the ball popped as much as him within the Southampton field.

Then former Arsenal player Theo Walcott ballooned over a good chance on the different end earlier than Fraser Forster did effectively to cease Eddie Nketiah from leveling.

Arteta’s last throw of the cube was to convey on Alexandre Lacazette as he sacrificed Hector Bellerin for a extra attacking set.

The shift meant Arsenal loved extra possession in and round Southampton’s field with out ever trying like discovering the goal to take the tie into further time.

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