The FA Cup holders face a tough test on the south coast this afternoon as Southampton aims to reach the fifth round for the second time in seven years
The Gunners need to improve their third-round performance, need extra time to finally put in a lackluster Newcastle squad, and are wary of their hosts’ form
Southampton comes into play after two home wins, including against Premier League champions Liverpool, and will host Arsenal again in the top division in three days
Mikel Arteta mixed up his pack a bit, and struggling wingers Willian and Nicolas Pepe presented another chance to impress New signing Mat Ryan is on the roster as Arteta names two goalkeepers on his bench
Southampton welcomes striker Danny Ings after going through a period of self-isolation after a positive Covid-19 test
46min: This is your lot for the first half Another goal for Southampton and it will be as good as over for Arsenal at this rate
44 min: Pepe gives away another unnecessary free kick and Ward-Prowse has the goal in mind but it’s a few feet wide
42 min: Arsenal don’t have much response to Southampton’s pressure right now. Will Arteta be tempted to make changes at halftime?
29min: Arsenal is on the ropes Ings hits a clever volley at the rear post, which Bellerin throws herself to take a corner that leads to nothing
26min: Looks like this will be won as Gabriel’s own goal. The owners have to wake up
Can’t say Southampton doesn’t deserve you were the better side taking the lead Arsenal giving some players minutes and looking rusty
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