23 Jan Southampton vs. Arsenal – Football Match Report – January 23, 2021
FA Cup holders Arsenal have been dumped out of the competitors within the fourth spherical after a 1-Zero defeat at Southampton on Saturday.
Gabriel’s personal purpose within the first half was sufficient to earn Southampton their first ever win over Arsenal within the FA Cup.
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The outcome brings an finish to Arsenal’s six match unbeaten in all competitions.
Earlier than the match, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta mentioned captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had traveled however was unavailable to play attributable to “private causes.”
Southampton began brightly and James Ward-Prowse got here near scoring inside 5 minutes however his nook rattled the crossbar.
Former Arsenal ahead Theo Walcott additionally had a possibility moments later however he was unable to discover a well beyond Bernd Leno.
The hosts tooks a deserved lead after 24 minutes when Gabriel deflected in a low cross from Kyle Walker-Peters.
Arsenal improved within the second half and Rob Holding had a great probability to equalise from a nook however didn’t hit the goal.
Each side have been near scoring after the hour mark when Walcott blazed over from shut vary whereas Eddie Nketiah produced a wonderful save from Fraser Forster.
Nketiah failed to attain with a good probability in stoppage time and Southampton held on. They may face Wolves within the fifth spherical of the FA Cup in February.
“We had within the first half extra punch and extra energy,” Southampton supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl advised BT Sport. “Within the second half it is regular they’ve a elevate. We should make the second purpose.
“We made one or two possibilities — Shane Lengthy ought to have gotten a penalty. We had early ball wins, however our final decision-making was not at all times the most effective. Typically our work with out the ball was good. It was a great team efficiency at the moment.”
It was the third within the final 4 seasons the place Arsenal have didn’t progress into the fifth spherical of the competitors.
“Actually unhappy to be out of the competitors,” Arteta advised BT Sport after the match. “Upset to be out and the way in which we conceded. We had points within the first half and unforced errors on account of the high-press they do.
“Within the second half we had two or three massive possibilities however not sufficient. It was a good recreation. Within the first half they received lots of second balls. Within the second half we added extra high quality.
“We grew to become extra dominant and created possibilities but it surely wasn’t sufficient. “We’re wanting out there and see what we are able to do.”