Arsenal’s FA Cup run came to an end today as Southampton knocked out the Gunners in the fourth round.
An own goal from Gabriel half way through the first-half proved to be decisive. Otherwise, the Saints didn’t make too many big chances as evidenced by their xG of just 0.43 as opposed to Arsenal’s 1.05.
Arsenal went on to dominate the rest of the match after Southampton opened the scoring but failed to grab a goal to equalize what was a tense affair. In consequence, Mikel Arteta lost his first FA Cup encounter as Arsenal boss.
The Arsenal manager will be hoping for more when Arsenal visit St. Mary’s again on Tuesday evening. It was a rather sluggish performance from a much-changed Arsenal side.
Onto the Gunners’ player ratings.
Goalkeeper and Defenders
Bernd Leno (GK) – 6: Could do very little about the goal after a horrible deflection off Gabriel. Did well otherwise in what was where the German was overwhelmingly untroubled.
Hector Bellerin (RB) – 6: Quite a strange decision by Mikel Arteta to pull him off at the 70 minute mark. The Spaniard made numerous driving runs and was untroubled defensively. Not a performance to write home about but he did his job.
Rob Holding (CB) – 6: One of many players who did very little wrong today. Holding wasn’t culpable for the Southampton goal and led the backline adequately. Slightly clumsy with his passing at times.
Gabriel (CB) – 5: Grew into the game after a very poor start which was typified by his unfortunate own-goal. Looked suspect 1v1 at times. His overall poor display can be excused by his lack of match sharpness.
Çedric (LB) – 5: One sensed this was a desperate attempt from Mikel Arteta to see whether he really needs a new left-back. News flash – he does. Çedric looked especially poor on the left and as one would expect much more comfortable when he was moved back to his natural position at right-back.