Southampton: After losing to Southampton in the FA Cup, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said that he is disappointed as they had a dream of winning the tournament again.
Arsenal's defence of the FA Cup is over after Gabriel's first-half own goal was enough to give Southampton a fourth-round victory here on Saturday. "I am disappointed because we wanted to continue in the competition. We had a dream to do it again - like we did it last year - step-by-step, but that dream today is over. As well I am disappointed with the way we conceded the goal in an area where we know we should not be doing that and giving the lead to the opponent," the club's official website quoted Arteta as saying.
"At the same time, I cannot fault the effort of the players, how they tried, how they improved throughout the game and tried to go for the goal in the second half with the way we did it. But it was not enough and we conceded a goal that we shouldn't. We created the chances but we did not hit the target," he added.
With this win, Southampton progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup and now the side will take on Wolves. Wolves and Southampton will play against each other in the fifth round of the FA Cup on February 10.
Analysing the match, Arteta said: "I think we gave them control of the game with our unforced errors. We made those ourselves without them creating any big chances. These are things that we have to improve, it is part of the way that we are evolving as a team, understanding which areas we have to exploit and which areas we have to be more secure in certain situations. It is part of it."
Title holders Arsenal knocked out after losing to Southampton
FA Cup titleholders Arsenal were knocked out of the tournament on Saturday after losing to Southampton in the fourth round here at St Mary's Stadium.
Southampton defeated Arsenal 1-0 after Gabriel registered an own goal for the Gunners and this proved to be the deciding factor in the game. Gabriel's error came in the 24th minute of the match and with this, Southampton gained a lead. After this, no more goals were registered and the hosts wrapped up a 1-0 victory.
Both Arsenal and Southampton just had two shots on target and this clearly indicates that neither team was able to press for attacking moves throughout the match.
Gunners enjoyed 62 per cent of ball possession as compared to Southampton's 38, but the visitors were not able to score any goal, and as a result, they were knocked out.
With this win, Southampton has progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup and now the side will take on Wolves in their next match.
Wolves and Southampton will take on each other in the fifth round of the FA Cup on February 10.