Arsenal‘s defence of their FA Cup crown is over after they had been dumped out of the competitors within the fourth spherical by Southampton following a 1-0 loss at St Mary’s (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U.S.).
The Saints’ opener had a stroke of fortune about it when Kyle Walker-Peters‘ strike halfway by way of the second half took a depraved deflection off of Gabriel and located its method below visiting goalkeeper Bernd Leno‘s proper arm.
The Gunners’ lacklustre first-half efficiency was improved upon, however Mikel Arteta’s resolution so as to add Thomas Partey, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette to the sphere within the remaining half-hour was in useless.
Arsenal return to St Mary’s on Tuesday to play Southampton within the Premier League.
It may be debated whether or not Arsenal’s enchancment towards the top of the sport was a results of Southampton tiring or the adjustments Arteta made halfway by way of the second half. Both method, Arsenal’s urgency elevated tenfold within the remaining quarter of the match. Moreover that, various well-timed runs had been executed, notably from teenager Gabriel Martinelli.
Arsenal had been left chasing the sport after a colorless first-half efficiency allowed Southampton to ascertain a lead at half-time. The Gunners discovered it arduous to develop any attacking performs due to the hosts’ relentless urgent, which pressured them to present possession away. There was little workforce cohesion too, although this improved as the sport developed.
Supervisor score out of 10
Mikel Arteta, 5 — The coach made seven adjustments from Monday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle. He determined to drop the precious Emile Smith Rowe and was with out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who missed the tie for private causes. The workforce had little cohesion early on, however this developed as the sport grew.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Bernd Leno, 7 — Fairly unlucky to surrender a superb run of 500 minutes with out conceding a purpose when a merciless deflection from Walker-Peters’ strike discovered its method below halfway by way of the primary half. Made a superb one-on-one save from a tight-angled Che Adams strike. Strong efficiency.
DF Hector Bellerin, 5 — Was reluctant to press ahead, although that was maybe testomony to Southampton’s high-tempo efficiency. Wasn’t afraid to position himself in entrance of photographs and made various essential blocks as a consequence.
DF Rob Holding, 6 — Has been a superb participant all through the season, however wasn’t allowed to play his finest recreation — and that is credit score to the Saints’ ruthless out-of-possession work price. Passing was what let Holding down, too usually he could not pick his goal and consequently the guests struggled to make an impression.
DF Gabriel Magalhaes, 4 — Returned to the Arsenal XI after greater than a month out as a result of COVID-19. Struggled to maintain up with the tempo of the sport and was sluggish in massive elements, which solely fueled the Saints’ philosophy to press excessive. Diverted a cross previous his personal goalkeeper to finally see his workforce eradicated.
DF Cedric Soares, 5 — Not his finest efficiency, however will be forgiven barely because of taking part in in an unfamiliar left-back function for Kieran Tierney. Discovered himself positioned too deep at occasions and crosses had been usually nicely over-hit. He’ll need to neglect this return to his outdated membership.
MF Mohamed Elneny, 5 — Gave possession away too cheaply at occasions, and Arsenal needed to pay the final word value when conceding by way of Gabriel’s unlucky personal purpose halfway by way of the second half. Tempo of the guests’ recreation modified following his substitution, which speaks volumes.
MF Granit Xhaka, 5 — Lacked creativity, within the first half particularly. Seems to battle in fixtures the place he’s positioned below extreme stress, as proved to be the case as we speak. By no means settled and little question pissed off Arteta.
MF Nicolas Pepe, 5 — Determined first-half efficiency, his involvement was minimal and he took few touches. Admittedly this wasn’t helped by the Saints’ excessive urgent that impacted the defenders’ potential to drive play ahead. Regarded sharper towards the top, although.
MF Willian, 5 — Could not appear to execute his passes on the right time, and this proved to be Arsenal’s undoing too usually. Has been mild on minutes this month and that appears more likely to proceed after a sub-standard efficiency towards a decided Saints outfit.
MF Gabriel Martinelli, 6 — Certainly one of few vibrant sparks within the Arsenal squad. Had his aspect’s finest probability within the first half when a well-timed run positioned him into splendid isolation from a Willian free kick, although he scuffed the shot on his weaker left foot. Continued to make wonderful runs all through the sport, earlier than he was substituted.
FW Eddie Nketiah, 5 — Continues to be goal-shy, scoring solely twice because the starting of November. Had a shot cleared off the road amid Arsenal’s late rally, although even when that had discovered the again of the online it could have been dominated out for offside. Lacked help from behind.
MF Thomas Partey (for Elneny, 58), 7 — One should marvel how Arsenal would have fared if Partey had began. His midfield presence appeared to enhance the performances of these round him.
DF Bukayo Saka (for Martinelli, 58), 6 — Needed to adapt his recreation and performed in two completely different roles regardless of taking part in for simply over half an hour.
FW Alexandre Lacazette (for Bellerin, 71), N/R — His arrival on the pitch little question boosted Arsenal, however they weren’t in a position to pressure additional time.