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Saints march on to sem-final
Saints march on to sem-final

Arsenal exited the EFL Cup at the quarter-final stage tonight with 2-0 home defeat to Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.

The Saints advance to the semi-final of the competition thanks to goals from Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand.

Arsene Wenger made 10 changes to the team that started against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday. Only Mohamed Elneny retained his starting place.

It was the Gunners first defeat in all competitions since losing to Liverpool on the opening weekend of the Premier League season in August.

Southampton opened the scoring in the 12th minute when a strike from Clasie gave Emi Martinez in the Arsenal goal no chance.

The Saints doubled their lead in the 37th minute when Carl Jenkinson was dispossessed deep in his own half.

Sofiane Boufal broke clear before cutting the ball back to Bertrand, who sent the ball low past Martinez into the bottom corner of the net.

Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a chance to bring Arsenal back into the contest in the 79th minute, but fired over the bar.

Southampton substitute Josh Sims twice could have added a third for the away side late on, but was denied first by a fine save from Martinez and then by a block from Maitland-Niles.

Arsenal have now lost their last four home League Cup games against Premier League opposition, with just one goal scored.

They have now progressed just once from their last six League Cup quarter-finals, last doing so in 2010/11 with a 2-0 win over Wigan.

Southampton have broken a sequence of being eliminated at this stage of the competition on each of their seven previous attempts. This is the first time since 1986/87 that they have progressed to the semi-finals.

Arsenal: Martinez, Jenkinson (Maitland-Niles), Gabriel, Holding, Gibbs, Coquelin, Elneny (Xhaka), Ramsey, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide (Oxlade-Chamberlain), Lucas

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