Defending Champion Arsenal Dumps Out Of Fa Cup By Southampton

Defending Champion Arsenal Dumps Out Of Fa Cup By Southampton  
Badmus Abdulsobur 

There will be no FA Cup to salvage Arsenal ’s season this time around.

Mikel Arteta’s side, who lifted the trophy for a record 14th time at Wembley in August, are out in the fourth round, beaten 1-0 by Southampton at St Mary’s.

Arteta shuffled his pack for the game, making seven changes from the side that strolled past Newcastle in the Premier League on Monday night, giving the likes of Willian, 

Nicolas Pepe and Eddie Nketiah another chance to impress But with Willian and Pepe back in the side against Southampton, the Gunners served up the type of disappointing performance which had littered the opening months of the campaign.

Arsenal did improve in the second half, particularly after Thomas Partey and Saka had been introduced,

 but by then the damage had been done – with Gabriel Magalhaes’ own goal on 24 minutes giving Southampton a lead they never surrendered.

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