Southampton buries Arsenal first silverware hope of 2016/17
Arsenal played at Emirates against Southampton their quarter-final match of EFL Cup on Wednesday, but they tasted their second defeat of the season in all competition to get knocked out of the competition. Saints humiliated gunners at their home registering a 2-0 victory, with the help of first-half goals from Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand. Southampton reaches to their first league cup semi-final after 3o years.
Arsene Wenger inspired by Jurgen Klopp’s young Liverpool side performance last night who defeated Leeds United 2-0, made 10 changes into his playing XI as well. But, sadly for the gunners result didn’t justify the changes, whereas Liverpool were 2-0 victorious, Arsenal ended up losing 2-0. Their only defeat of the season before Southampton was against Liverpool on opening day of Premier League at the very same ground, but since then gunners were undefeated in all competition.
First 10 minutes of the game was dominated by Arsenal as they kept most of the possession, but in 13th minute Jordy Classie came up with a stunner, which gave saints lead. Bertrand leads the attack from the left, cut a low pass into the box which got cleared but only to reach to Clasie, who produces a absolute stunner into the right corner.
Soon after the goal, Saints got their confidence and started to counter more, Shane Long do find himself all alone sometime but as far as they have the lead they won’t mind Long failure to convert opportunities into goal. In 35th minute Arsenal found something to cheer, Elneny curls a ball in the box, which Yoshida cleared out for a corner. Gunners do get two back to back corners but they didn’t make the most of it.
Heading into the 38th minute of the game, Southampton once again attacked from the left, Boufal cut a ball into the box to find Bertrand, who made no mistake and scored with precision to give Saints 2-0 lead. Arsenal currently have no answer to Saint Mary’s based club. What a first-half it was for the visitors, they defended well against Gunners in first-half and counter-attack with precision whenever they get the chance to attack.
Lucas Perez who is in for Alexis Sanchez failed to shine, once he gets his opportunity. His first effort on goal was in 46th minute, when Ramsey finds him inside the box, but he delivered a poor shot. In quick succession Arsenal launched another attack when Jenkinson finds Ramsey in the box, but Welshman failed to connect and Foster collected the ball. On the other end, Long once again created problem for Martinez with his fierce shot, which Martinez spilled but somehow danger got away.
Arsenal got a free-kick in 52nd minute, but Xhaka delivered straight into Foster hands. Boufol came close to scoring in 56th minute, which goes inches wide. Arsenal started trying from distance as Coquelin tries pair of shots from distance which didn’t cause any problem for Foster. Ramsey also tried his luck from the distance which also goes wide, there is absolutely nothing have been produced by Arsenal to create problem for Foster.
On the other side Long missed a glorious opportunity to make it 3-0 for the Saints in 76th minute, when McQueen hit the crossbar, and Long was there in perfect position to shoot, but he shot it wide. Three minutes later Arsenal were on counter, and Lucas Perez made a lovely touch to find substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain but he fires over the bar. A minute later Arsenal appealed for penalty when Ramsey goes down, and in succession Perez also appealed when he foul on Sims.
After that there wasn’t much effort from the hosts to save the game. Saints happily made their way into EFL Cup semi-final, knocking out one of the English giants from the tournament joining other three; Hull City, Liverpool, and Manchester United. In another night fixture Manchester United defeated Westham United 4-1 to book their place.