Gunners out, as Saints go marching on in Capital One Cup
Arsenal were knocked out of the Capital One Cup as Southampton came from behind to win 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium tonight.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made 10 changes to the team that started the 3-0 Premier League victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.
Only Calum Chambers retained his place from the team that played at Villa. Switching from right back to play in the centre of the defence against his old team.
The Gunners started brightly but the first chance of the match fell to Southampton.
David Ospina on his Arsenal debut did well to come off his line and block a shot from Steven Davis, while Tomas Rosicky tested Fraser Forster at the other end.
Alexis put the Gunners ahead after 14 minutes. He was tripped by Jose Fonte about twenty-five yards from goal and curled the free-kick into the top corner of the net.
Southampton drew level five minutes when Sadio Mane’s was fouled inside the penalty area by Rosicky.
Referee Keith Stroud pointed to the spot and Tadic sent Ospina the wrong way for the equaliser.
Southampton went close when Graziano Pelle saw his shot clip the outside of the post and go.
Nathaniel Clyne put the Sainta ahead in the 39th minutes, when he controlled a clearing header from a cornerout from Chambers and hit a swerving shot that deceived Ospina and dipped into the roof of the net.
Arsenal almost drew level just before half-time when Jack Wilshere played Lukas Podolski, through but his shot was turned away at the near post by Fraser Forster for a corner.
Southampton had the chance to stretch their lead at the start of the second half, when Tadic set up Davis but Ospina saved low down to keep the ball out.
Ospina was called into action again, diving to his left to save a free-kick from Tadic.
Arsenal’s best chance to equalise came in the 70th minute, when Hector Bellerin’s cross found Alexis but his effort hit Forster from point-blank range.
After Wilshere was tripped on the edge of the box, Alexis had another opportunity but his shot hit the Southampton wall and was cleared.
Pelle could have scored a third goal for Southampton in the dying moments, but headed over the bar when unmarked from a corner.
It was Southampton’s first win at the Emirates and their first away victory over the Gunners since 1987.
What do you think, as the Gunners exit the Capital One Cup at the third round stage.
Arsenal: Ospina 6; Bellerin 6 (Akpom 86), Chambers 6, Hayden 6, Coquelin 6; Diaby (6 Cazorla 67); Campbell 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 71), Rosicky 6, Wilshere 6, Podolski 5; Alexis 7.