Saints' FA Cup journey ends

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 28 Jan 5.30PM | Attendance: 31,288
Match Report Highlights

Saints v Arsenal Match Centre

Saints v Arsenal As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints out of the Emirates FA Cup at fourth-round stage
  • Arsenal produce dominant display to win 5-0 at St Mary's
  • Ex-Saint Theo Walcott netted a hat-trick for the Gunners
  • Danny Welbeck got the first two goals for the visitors

FULL TIME: Southampton 0-5 Arsenal

It's a chastening afternoon for Saints, who are dumped out of the Emirates FA Cup by Arsenal, just a few days after the high of qualifying for the EFL Cup final.

19.22
89’

Lewis saves from Pérez

It's nearly even worse for Southampton, as Lucas Pérez races clean through, but Harry Lewis saves from him to prevent Arsenal grabbing a sixth goal.

Saints 0-5 Arsenal (Theo Walcott)

Alexis Sanchez tees up Walcott, who provides a first-time finish to make it five for Arsenal.

84’

Goal

Theo Walcott (84’) | Southampton 0 5 Arsenal

75’

McQueen fires wide

Nathan Redmond passes to McQueen who has space to shoot, but he drags his shot wide of the far post.

71’

Arsenal substitution: Alex Iwobi replaces Jeff Reine-Adelaide

Iwobi is on in place of Reine-Adelaide for the Gunners.

71’

Clasie fires over

Saints continue to push fro a goal, but Clasie's volley is over the top.

Saints 0-4 Arsenal (Theo Walcott)

A fourth goal for Arsenal, as substitute Sanchez tees up Walcott, and he is able to place a shot into the bottom corner.

68’

Goal

Theo Walcott (68’) | Southampton 0 4 Arsenal

64’

Arsenal substitution: Alexis Sánchez replaces Danny Welbeck

There's also an Arsenal change, as Sanchez is introduced.

64’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Shane Long

Redmond is also on, with Long making way. Tadić now has the armband on.

63’

Southampton substitution: Dušan Tadić replaces Lloyd Isgrove

There's the first change, with Tadić coming on.

59’

Double substitution?

It looks like Nathan Redmond and Dušan Tadić are about to come on for Claude Puel's side.

56’

Better from Saints

Sam McQueen does well to win the ball back and set Josh Sims away, but the winger's cross is cleared away for a corner, which comes to nothing.

52’

Bellerin denied

A quick Arsenal break, with Danny Welbeck at the heart of it, ends with Hector Bellerin seeing a shot saved by Harry Lewis.

50’

An even start

Five minutes into the second half and it's been an even opening to the second half. Keep pushing, Saints!

Photo by Matt Watson

Back under way

We're back under way at St Mary's. Can Southampton get themselves back into the game against Arsenal?

Photo by Matt Watson

HALF TIME: Saints 0-3 Arsenal

A very difficult first half for Southampton. Danny Welbeck scored twice, before setting up Theo Walcott for the third.

Photo by Matt Watson

Gardos back in action

Florin Gardos, back in action for the first team today, battles with Lucas Perez.

42’

Ospina denies Long

A good cross from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg almost finds Shane Long, but Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina gets to the ball just ahead of the Saints man.

Saints 0-3 Arsenal (Theo Walcott)

It's a third for Arsenal. Danny Welbeck gets to the byline and crosses for Theo Walcott, he beats Sam McQueen to the ball and taps home.

35’

Goal

Theo Walcott (35’) | Southampton 0 3 Arsenal

29’

Mustafi heads wide

Another chance for Arsenal. A free-kick comes in and finds Shkodran Mustafi, but the defender can't get enough of a connection on the ball and it flashes wide.

25’

Long goes close

Very good ball from Cuco Martina plays in Shane Long, but his first-time shot is well saved by David Ospina.

23’

Better from Saints

David Ospina chases after Shane Long and is way out of his goal, but Pierre-Emile Højbjerg's shot flashes over the bar. That's better.

Saints 0-2 Arsenal (Danny Welbeck)

It's a second for Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain plays the ball over the top for Welbeck, who shows good composure to slot the ball beyond Harry Lewis.

21’

Goal

Danny Welbeck (21’) | Southampton 0 2 Arsenal

Saints 0-1 Arsenal (Danny Welbeck)

The opening goal of the game arrives, as Danny Welbeck produces an excellent chip over Harry Lewis. It hits the underside of the bar, but bounces down into the net.

14’

Goal

Danny Welbeck (14’) | Southampton 0 1 Arsenal

13’

Bellerin's low cross tests Lewis

Harry Lewis has to be alert to claim a low cross from Hector Bellerin, with Lucas Perez lurking in the six-yard box.

7’

Oxlade-Chamberlain shoots wide

Arsenal win the ball back off Josh Sims and break quickly, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drags his shot wide from 20 yards.

5’

More Arsenal pressure

The ball comes through to Lucas Perez and he tries to find Danny Welbeck or Theo Walcott in the middle, but his cross is too strong and Saints escape.

3’

Great block from Stephens

A very quick break from Arsenal sees the ball come out for Jeff Reine-Adelaide, but the midfielder's shot is superbly blocked by Jack Stephens.

0’

We're under way!

Southampton get us started at St Mary's. Can they see off Arsenal to reach the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup? COYR!

Warm-ups complete!

The starting XI have completed their warm-up. We're just over 15 minutes away from kick-off at St Mary's!

17.13
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Gardos starts

Florin Gardos makes his first Southampton start since February 2015! Good luck, Florin.

17.11
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Another chance for Lewis

Harry Lewis gets another opportunity to impress this afternoon in the Emirates FA Cup! 👐

16.49

Here's how the visitors line-up...

XI: Ospina, Gibbs, Holding, Mustafi, Bellerin, Reine-Adelaide, Maitland-Niles, Perez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Welbeck.

Subs: Martinez, Monreal, Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Iwobi, Sanchez, Gabriel

16.37
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The teams are in!

Starting XI: Lewis, Martina, Gardos, Stephens, McQueen, Reed, Clasie, Højbjerg, Sims, Isgrove, Long (c).

Substitutes: Taylor, Yoshida, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Tadić, Redmond.

16.33

Højbjerg ready for Gunners

Catch our interview with Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, as he looks ahead to today's clash with Arsenal.

16.09

SOUTHAMPTON ARE ON A HIGH. THEY PRODUCED A FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE AGAINST LIVERPOOL, SO OVERALL THAT MAKES THE GAME EVEN MORE INTERESTING AND MORE DIFFICULT.

ARSène wenger
arsenal manager
16.08

Puel's FA Cup preview

Check out our interview with Claude Puel ahead of Southampton's clash with Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup.

15.57
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The scene is set! 😇

Who is heading to St Mary's today for some Emirates FA Cup action?

15.03

How did we get here?

A win against Norwich City in a replay at St Mary's secured Southampton's place in round four. Shane Long was the man to score the late winner!

14.39

IT'S A GREAT GAME AGAINST A GOOD TEAM. ARSENAL HAVE HAD THE POSSIBILITY TO RECOVER ALL WEEK, WHICH IS NOT THE SAME FOR US. BUT IT IS AN EXCITING GAME FOR THE SQUAD.

CLAUDE PUEL
SAINTS MANAGER
14.36

A little reminder...

Just in case you need reminding, here's how Southampton's last game ended... 😇

14.26

Hard at work 💪

Our photographer was at Staplewood yesterday to capture the squad's final preparations for Arsenal.

13.52

Saints get set for Arsenal

The lads were hard at work on Friday morning preparing for the clash with Arsenal. Watch our exclusive footage from Staplewood.

13.45

It's FA Cup day!

It's matchday at St Mary's! Southampton take on Arsenal in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup. Can they make it a week of double cup celebration?

13.38

Saints v Arsenal Line Ups

Southampton

41
Harry Lewis (GK)
15
Cuco Martina
5
Florin Gardos
24
Jack Stephens
38
Sam McQueen
4
Jordy Clasie
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
18
Harrison Reed
7
Shane Long (C)
Nathan Redmond (65′)
27
Lloyd Isgrove
Dusan Tadic (64′)
39
Josh Sims
8
Steven Davis
21
Ryan Bertrand
11
Dusan Tadic
14
Oriol Romeu
3
Maya Yoshida
22
Nathan Redmond
28
Stuart Taylor

Arsenal

13
David Ospina (GK)
3
Kieran Gibbs (C)
20
Shkodran Mustafi
24
Héctor Bellerín
16
Rob Holding
31
Jeff Reine-Adelaide
Alex Iwobi (72′)
15
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
55
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
14
Theo Walcott
23
Danny Welbeck
Alexis Sánchez (65′)
9
Lucas Pérez
7
Alexis Sánchez
18
Nacho Monreal
25
Carl Jenkinson
26
Emiliano Martinez
17
Alex Iwobi
5
Gabriel
4
Per Mertesacker

Saints v Arsenal Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Arsenal
  • Possession (%)
    48
    52
  • Shots
    14
    12
  • Shots on target
    2
    7
  • Corners
    7
    4
  • Passes Complete
    404
    463

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Shane Long
Shane Long
Chances Created
1
Passes Completed
68
Harrison Reed
Harrison Reed
Tackles
4
Florin Gardos
Florin Gardos
Clearances
2
Saves
2