Arsenal’s FA Cup defense ended in the fourth round as Southampton knocked Gunners out on Saturday afternoon.
The home side put early pressure on Gunners’ goal and warmed Bernd Leno’s palm with Che Adam’s strong hit on the counter-attack. Their positive play finally paid off in 24th-minute when former Spurs full-back Kyle Walker-Peters’ shot was deflected into his own goal by Gabriel.
Arsenal, who were without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe, introduced their in-form midfielder Bukayo Saka, but their only of note effort was Eddie Nketiah's shot which was dealt superbly by Saints goalie Fraser Forster.
In the end, the own goal does the job for the home side who now will face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fifth round. Whereas for the Gunners, another Southampton clash is on the horizon as Mikel Arteta’s men will once again travel to St Mary's on Tuesday night in the Premier League.
“We had in the first half more punch and more power. In the second half it's normal they have a lift. We must make the second goal – we made one or two chances. Shane Long should have got a penalty. We won the ball early on in the game, but our last decision-making was not always the best. In general, our work without the ball was good.”
“We had issues in the first half and unforced errors as a result of the high press they do. In the second half, we had two or three big chances. It was an even game. In the first half, they won a lot of second balls. In the second half, we added more quality. We became more dominant and created chances, but it wasn't enough.”
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