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Saints knock out FA Cup holders

fa-cup St Mary's Stadium | Sat 23 Jan 12.15PM | Attendance: 0
Match Report post Highlights

SOU vs ARS
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SOU vs ARS As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • The home side good value for a slender advantage at the break
  • Kyle Walker-Peters's deflected shot earns Saints the lead
  • The hosts go with a full strength starting XI - Ings, Armstrong, Walcott and Adams return
  • Saints boosted by the timely return of top scorer Danny Ings

FULL-TIME: Saints 1-0 Arsenal

Saints halt the holders!! It's Ralph Hasenhüttl's side that progress, going on to play Wolves in the fifth round.

+3’

Nketiah half chance

That could be the final opportunity of the game, he swivelled in the area, but slices his shot wide. Powerful effort but no direction.

+3’

Saints win a vital corner

Nlundulu was harrying up top, and could have played Armstrong in, had he spotted the run. The corner is valuable enough, but Arsenal win the ball back swiftly. They go on the attack.

3️⃣ minutes to be added...

Saints have roughly three minutes to hold on. Saka's ball into the area is nearly met by Lacazette, but he doesn't connect.

89’

Penalty appeals...

Shane Long goes over under the pressure of Holding, he appeals for a penalty kick. Referee uninterested and points for a corner. Bizarre incident. Long adamant he was clipped. 

85’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Danny Ings

More energy in the final third.

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84’

Wayward

The shot does very little to trouble Forster, who is happy to watch the free-kick sail well over the bar. 

84’

Dangerous free-kick

Bertrand committed a foul on Pepe. The resulting free-kick is in a dangerous area. Forster setting up a two-man wall.

82’

Ings strike saved

He controlled the shot exceptionally well, but it's a good save from Leno who had everything behind it.

82’

Bertrand wins a free-kick

Deep in Arsenal territory, Bertrand wins a free-kick from Partey. Winding the clock down now, as we enter the final 10 minutes. A second goal would probably kill the tie...

80’

Off the line...

Prowsey hooked the ball off the line - reading the danger perfectly. Some intricate passing from Arsenal yielded the chance. The flag goes up consequently and danger averted, for now.

78’

Southampton substitution: Dan Nlundulu replaces Ché Adams

First change for Saints - fresh legs up top!

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Saints tested defensivley

Arsenal with much more creativity on the pitch now. Ings and Walcott having to drop deep and help out. 

Game opens up

Arsenal have upped the tempo, and as a result, Saints are playing on the counter-attack. Looks like there's more goals to come in this game, hard to call who for. Arsenal with a corner.

72’

Arsenal substitution: Alexandre Lacazette replaces Héctor Bellerín

Third swap.

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71’

Lacazette readying himself

The frenchman is due to come on, with Bellerin retreating. Certainly an attacking change from Mikel Arteta. 

70’

Arsenal threatening

The changes are paying off for the visitors, who now look much more of a threat going forward. Saka involved plenty. Pepe wins a free-kick on the left, caught by Walcott. 

68’

Big save, Fras!

Arsenal work the chance well, with Saka and Pepe involved. Nketiah took the shot on early, a toe poke effort, but Forster saved with his foot. Great goalkeeping. 

Keep going, lads 👊

Arsenal working their way back into this tie, still plenty of time left. Saints need another goal to make things a little more comfortable. Walcott is in charge of the latest effort on goal, teed up by Ings, but it bobbled and flew over.

59’

Nketiah denied by Bednarek

Good interchange between Pepe and the striker, but Bednarek is well positioned. The resulting corner is directed over by Rob Holding, who got two bites at the cherry but no purchase. 

58’

Arsenal substitution: Bukayo Saka replaces Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva

Double change for the visitors.

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57’

Arsenal substitution: Thomas Partey replaces Mohamed Naser El Sayed Elneny

Like for like switch into central midfield. 

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Hey, boss 👋

The manager on the sidelines at St Mary's this afternoon.

ENERGY 🔋

This guy has been everywhere today, driving Saints forward. Will there be any reward for him in this game?

52’

Saints swarm

Really positive play from the home side once again, plenty of drive and energy. Committing men forward in every attack. The ball drops to Prowsey on the edge, but he can't keep his shot down.

51’

SOOOOO CLOSE 😧

Ings latches onto Forster's long punt, works the angle for the shot and then rattles the post. The ball ricocheted off Leno and went behind. Consequently, the flag goes up. But that was close!

48’

Lovely ball

Great looking ball into the corridor of uncertainty from the captain, with willing runners, but Leno comes to claim with authority. He's been very dominant around his six-yard area all afternoon.

46’

We're back...

Let's go, Saints! More of the same please...

HALF-TIME: Saints 1-0 Arsenal

The hosts take their lead in to the break, and good value for it. A really energetic first 45 minutes of football. 

44’

Dangerous Prowsey

Another set-piece for the master. The angle was against him, but he goes for goal nonetheless. Miles wide of the mark, in terms of his usual quality. Worth a try!

The moment that matters

KWP turns the ball home through a crowd of players (kinda) 😇

40’

High press

Again Saints' pressing work pays dividends. Arsenal dallied with the ball on the edge of their own area, with Adams lurking. He pinched the ball and tried to work it to Ings, but Holding recovered. 

Smiles all round 😄

Saints continue to dominate, but Stephens has just been forced into a good block from Pepe's shot. A flash of bright play from Arsenal.

35’

All Saints 👊

Leno gives the ball away, thanks to the intensity of Saints' press. It drops to Ings, but he can't work space for the shot. Armstrong takes it on instead, winning a corner, which Ings meets but can't judge the header.

KWP x JWP 🔥

Prowsey congratulates the goalscorer! Although it may go down as an own goal, it was the full-back's shot that earned the opener!

29’

Saints pressing for a second

Bellerin blocks a ferocious effort from Danny Ings on the volley, diverting behind for a corner. The home side looking to make another dent in the scoreline. Bertrand shoots from distance, but it flies over.

GOALSCORER 2 Kyle Walker-Peters

KWP CLAIMS IT...

The shot takes a deflection off Gabriel (it may well go down as an OG), but nevertheless Kyle Walker-Peters wheels away in celebration as his shot eventually finds the net, via Gabriel's boot.

24’

GOOOAL!!!

Kyle Walker-Peters (24’) | 1 0

Ings 🔗 Adams

Saints' front two flying forwards on numerous occasions, linking well. Looks like there will be opportunities for both to get on the scoresheet today...

18’

Theo in the mood

Walcott came deep in the build up, then linked with Ings on the edge of the Arsenal box. He took the shot on from distance, but it was wayward. Bright play, nonetheless.  

17’

Chance for Martinelli

He's run from deep, avoiding the offside trap from a free-kick routine, but snatched at the finish. Really good chance for Arsenal to claim the opener, but finish wasn't good enough. Forster claims. 

Adams on the prowl

Excellent play from Adams, who breezed past Gabriel. Played it around the defender, doing all the hard work to put himself in a great shooting position, but Leno denies. Smart save low to his right. 

13’

Bright spells from both sides

Both teams enjoying positive passages of play, without really penetrating. The latest attack for Arsenal resulted in an effort from Cedric, who blasted over from the edge of the area. Was in plenty of space, perhaps should have done better.

Sneaky skipper 👀

That would have been some goal from Prowsey, had his corner snuck under the bar. Positive start from Saints, who are gaining plenty of joy in wide areas - Bertrand looking bright down the left.

6’

Audacious from Prowsey

He's feathered the ball towards the goal directly from a corner, with Leno off his line. It nearly took the Arsenal stopper by surprise, but he scrambled back in time to divert over. Quick thinking from the skipper! 😅

5’

Bertrand delivers

It's an excellent ball from the left, in search of Ings and Adams centrally. Cedric diverts behind for a corner. Good movement in the box from Ings, winning another corner which hits the bar!

3’

Free-kick in a promising position

Ward-Prowse over the dead ball, which was whipped into a dangerous area but Leno claims. Commanding goalkeeping.

We're off at St Mary's 😇

Saints going full strength, while Arsenal fielding a blend of youth and experience. Should be a good one!

12.16

Target: LOCKED 🔒

One of the standout ties of the fourth round is upon us - Saints vs the cup holders. A matchup with Wolves awaits in the next round for the victor - a reminder that the tie must reach a conclusion today, so we'll have penalties if necessary!

12.12

CHILL FACTOR ❄️

Getting warm at St Mary's! It's a cold one on the south coast today...

11.52

TODAY'S SCENE 📸

Live shots from a very chilly St Mary's Stadium. Not long until kick-off now...

11.35

DANNY INGS RETURNS 🔥

Saints' leading goalscorer returns to the fold today, following a period of isolation due to a positive Covid-19 test. Who else is chuffed to see our #9 on the teamsheet? 

11.32

ARSENAL TEAM

Arsenal XI: Leno (GK), Bellerin (c), Gabriel, Holding, Cédric, Xhaka, Elneny, Willian, Pepe, Martinelli, Nketiah. 


Subs: Runarsson (GK), M. Ryan, Saka, Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Partey, Luiz, Willock, Lacazette. 

11.26

SAINTS TEAM CONFIRMED 😇

Starting XI: Forster (GK), Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Diallo, Ward-Prowse (c), Armstrong, Walcott, Adams, Ings.

Subs: Lewis (GK), Valery, Vokins, Ramsay, Watts, Chauke, Jankewitz, Nlundulu, Long.

11.15
VOTE NOW
How would you like to see Saints line up today?

How would you like to see Saints line up today?

The results so far:

  • Full strength - we could go far in this competition
    65%
  • A mixture of youth and experience
    35%
  • Mostly Academy players - they did well in the week
    0%

Celebrate in style 😎

Academy graduate Dan Nlundulu scored his first senior goal in the week, would you like to see him feature again against Arsenal? 🤔

10.24

Saints' FA Cup journey 🏆

How did we make it to the fourth round, I hear you say? Catch up on all of Tuesday night's action, as a young Southampton side (including 4 debutants) cruised passed Shrewsbury Town.

10.22

Flashback in images 📸

Theo's return to Emirates Stadium was a sweet one, netting the opener in the 18th minute. We captured that moment in images, check it out! 😁

10.10

Could today be the day? 🤞

Southampton have won one of their last nine meetings with Arsenal in all competitions (D3 L5), a 3-2 league victory in December 2018.

10.01

Catch up with Ralph 🗣

Hear from the boss ahead of today's Arsenal meeting - discussing the physical demands of January's busy fixture list.

09.58

They have changed their shape a little bit and they are harder to win against now.

ralph hasenhüttl
on the prospect of facing arsenal
09.57

⏪⏪ Rewind to December...

The best of the action from Saints' previous meeting with Arsenal, with goals from Theo Walcott and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

09.54

Welcome to St Mary's! 😇

Good morning, Saints fans. Welcome back to St Mary's Stadium, just four days after our previous FA Cup outing. We're now facing a double dose of Arsenal action, first in the cup and then in Premier League competition. Saints will host both ties, hoping to get one (or two) over on Mikel Arteta's side following a 1-1 draw earlier this season. Stay put for all the live build up, before a 12:15pm kick-off.

09.52

SOU vs ARS Line Ups

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
5
Jack Stephens yellow card
3
Ryan Bertrand yellow card
35
Jan Bednarek
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
27
Ibrahima Diallo
17
Stuart Armstrong
32
Theo Walcott
10
Che Adams
replace Daniel N'Lundulu (78′)
9
Danny Ings
replace Shane Long (85′)
7
Shane Long
40
Daniel N'Lundulu
29
Jake Vokins
64
Alexandre Jankewitz
41
Harry Lewis
72
Kgaogelo Chauke
18
Yan Valery
65
Caleb Watts
31
Kayne Ramsay

Arsenal

1
Bernd Leno (GK)
6
Gabriel Magalhães
16
Rob Holding
2
Héctor Bellerín (C)
replace Alexandre Lacazette (72′)
17
Cédric Soares
35
Gabriel Martinelli
replace Bukayo Saka (58′)
25
Mohamed Elneny
replace Thomas Partey (57′)
34
Granit Xhaka
19
Nicolas Pépé
12
Willian
30
Eddie Nketiah
28
Joseph Willock
21
Calum Chambers
7
Bukayo Saka
13
Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson
9
Alexandre Lacazette
33
Mat Ryan
15
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
18
Thomas Partey
23
David Luiz

SOU vs ARS Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Arsenal
  • Possession (%)
    38
    comparison angle
    62
  • Shots
    11
    comparison angle
    11
  • Shots on target
    2
    comparison angle
    2
  • Corners
    7
    comparison angle
    5
  • Passes Complete
    246
    comparison angle
    437

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Shots On Target
1
Ché Adams
Ché Adams
chances created
Chances Created
2
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
passes completed
Passes Completed
42
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
tackles
Tackles
4
Kyle Walker-Peters
Kyle Walker-Peters
clearances
Clearances
8
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
saves
Saves
2
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster