The FA Cup - Fourth Round

Southampton 1-0 Arsenal: Gabriel own goal knocks FA Cup holders out

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport

A strong Southampton side knocked holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup in the fourth round courtesy of a first-half own goal on Saturday.

The Saints were rewarded for their attacking intent in the opening period when Gabriel turned in Kyle Walker-Peters' cross in the 24th minute.

It was the first goal Arsenal had conceded in 508 minutes as they suffered a first loss in seven matches.

Southampton will face another Premier League side, Wolves, in the next round.

With their next opponents enduring a poor run in the league and having struggled in their 1-0 win at non-league Chorley on Friday, the 1976 winners will fancy their chances of progressing further at Molineux.

The Saints also went close through Che Adams, whose low, angled strike was saved brilliantly by Bernd Leno, and James Ward-Prowse, who saw his delivery from a corner come off the bar.

In the second half, substitute striker Shane Long fell under a challenge in the box, but penalty appeals were waved away by referee Peter Bankes.

Arsenal were without forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, while another in-form player, Bukayo Saka, was only introduced in the second half.

Mikel Arteta's Gunners side were tepid as an attacking force during the first 45 minutes, but looked more of a threat after the break.

However, Eddie Nketiah's deflected shot in the 67th minute, which was superbly dealt with by home goalkeeper Fraser Forster, was their only effort of note.

'It was a good team performance' - reaction

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl speaking to BT Sport: "We had in the first half more punch and more power.

"In the second half it's normal they have a lift. We must make the second goal - we made one or two chances. Shane Long should have got a penalty.

"We won the ball early on in the game, but our last decision-making was not always the best. In general, our work without the ball was good.

"It was a good team performance."

Arsenal manager Arteta speaking to BT Sport: "We're really sad to be out of the competition.

"We had issues in the first half and unforced errors as a result of the high press they do. In the second half, we had two or three big chances.

"It was an even game. In the first half, they won a lot of second balls. In the second half, we added more quality. We became more dominant and created chances, but it wasn't enough."

On whether Aubameyang, missing because of personal reasons, will be available for Tuesday's league match against Southampton: "I don't know. He needs to address that issue, we'll see how it evolves. We're here and we have to support him - he needs to take the time that is needed because that is a priority at the moment."

Saints end 119-year run - the stats

  • This was Southampton's first FA Cup win over Arsenal at the fifth attempt.
  • Southampton have eliminated the holders from the competition for the first time since beating Tottenham in a replay in 1902. The Saints had lost their previous seven FA Cup fixtures against the holders.
  • This is the third time in the past four seasons that Arsenal have failed to make it to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
  • This was Gunners' boss Arteta's first defeat in the FA Cup as a player or manager in 15 games (W13 D1), since featuring in Arsenal's 1-0 loss to Blackburn in February 2013.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 44Forster
  • 2Walker-Peters
  • 35Bednarek
  • 5StephensBooked at 56mins
  • 3BertrandBooked at 83mins
  • 17Armstrong
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 27Diallo
  • 32Walcott
  • 9IngsSubstituted forLongat 85'minutes
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forN'Lunduluat 78'minutes


  • 7Long
  • 18Valery
  • 29Vokins
  • 31Ramsay
  • 40N'Lundulu
  • 41Lewis
  • 64Jankewitz
  • 65Watts
  • 72Chauke


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Leno
  • 2BellerínSubstituted forLacazetteat 72'minutes
  • 16Holding
  • 6Gabriel
  • 17Cédric Soares
  • 25ElnenySubstituted forParteyat 57'minutes
  • 34Xhaka
  • 19Pépé
  • 12Willian
  • 35MartinelliSubstituted forSakaat 58'minutes
  • 30Nketiah


  • 7Saka
  • 9Lacazette
  • 13Rúnarsson
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 18Partey
  • 21Chambers
  • 23David Luiz
  • 28Willock
  • 33Ryan
Peter Bankes

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamArsenal
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 1, Arsenal 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Arsenal 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Willian with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Cédric Soares (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Granit Xhaka.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Rob Holding.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Danny Ings.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is too high from a direct free kick.

  10. Booking

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ibrahima Diallo with a headed pass.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Partey (Arsenal).

  15. Post update

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah tries a through ball, but Nicolas Pépé is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal. Willian tries a through ball, but Alexandre Lacazette is caught offside.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Daniel N'Lundulu replaces Che Adams.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Kyle Walker-Peters.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Willian (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicolas Pépé.

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