Mikel Arteta planned Arsenal’s record-breaking fourteenth FA Cup win under seven months into his Emirates residency, however the Spaniard had to observe his worse than average group surrender their crown in the fourth round at St Mary’s.
There was unquestionably a component of fortune about Southampton’s victor as Kyle Walker-Peters’ cross diverted off Gabriel into the Arsenal net, yet Ralph Hasenhuttl’s minimal and perfectly orchestrated symphony merited no not exactly a success on Saturday, and Saints fans will presently be licking their lips at the possibility of an essential cup run.
A resolve boosting win was exactly what the specialist requested for a Southampton side who have begun to vacillate in the group, as they can just flaunt one triumph from their last six in the EPL, albeit that was their noteworthy victory over Liverpool recently.
Leicester City stepped their clout on Hasenhuttl’s side a weekend ago to leave them tenth in the table level on points with Chelsea, who have played a game more yet the Saints stay only three points afloat of the top six as the fight for an European billet hots up.
Notwithstanding the new loss of Jannik Vestergaard, Southampton’s fearless defense recorded a fourth sequential home clean sheet in all rivalries with Saturday’s 1-0 success, and just Manchester City, Liverpool and West Ham United have gathered more points on their own fix this season.
Arsenal’s manager Arteta gave occasions to a few periphery players at St Mary’s, yet the Gunners were second best all through a large part of the tie as their relationship with the FA Cup finished at the subsequent obstacle for this season at any rate.
The defeat comes as an overwhelming hit to an Arsenal group who have positively increased their game lately, however with Arteta set to review a portion of his enormous hitters to the setup on Tuesday, Gunners ought to have the option to appreciate a more guaranteed execution from their side in midweek.
As one of just five groups in the EPL not to have lost any of their last five matches, the Gunners have suppressed any weak murmurs of relegation and are solidly in the blend for an Europa League spot close by Southampton with two points isolating the clubs in front of Tuesday’s down.
Arteta has seen his harvest walk to triumph in four of their last five Premier League matches conceding just a single time in those matches and their count of 19 league goals conceded is the fourth-most minimal in the division.
Triumph for Arsenal here would see them briefly transcend Southampton, Aston Villa and Chelsea into eighth before the last two groups play on Wednesday, however having just endured one defeat on the South Coast this season, a rejigged Gunners side should have their brains about them on the off chance that they are to get their moment vengeance.
With a few of Arsenal in-structure adolescents set to be reviewed to Arteta’s arrangement on Tuesday, Saints fans can’t stand to add a lot to their FA Cup win. These different sides are famously solid defensively and couldn’t be isolated at the Emirates before in the season, so we anticipate that the Gunners should reestablish a smidgen of equality with a hard-battled draw on Tuesday night.