vapor Arsene Wenger made 10 changes to his team from Sunday's win
over Bournemouth but those who came into the starting line-up were found wanting
as Saints were good value for their 2-0 win.
mercurial The visitors, showing eight changes of their own from the
weekend, eased through as Jordy Clasie's first goal for the club was followed up
by a smart Ryan Bertrand finish as Claude Puel's men wrapped up the win before
Saints have now won three of their last five meetings with the Gunners, who
finish their usual troublesome month of November with just a single victory to
After a slow start, Bertrand's cross fell to Sofiane Boufal and his shot was
blocked by Rob Holding into the path of Clasie, who finished well from the edge
of the box to give Southampton a 13th-minute lead.
With so many alterations, the hosts were struggling to find any sort of tempo
and Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster went untested throughout the first
Saints looked dangerous when they could break, although Shane Long was often
too isolated to punish the numerous lapses in concentration that saw Arsenal
But they did take advantage when the recalled Carl Jenkinson was caught on
the ball seven minutes before the break, Steve Davis driving forward and playing
in Boufal, whose cross was controlled and slotted home by Bertrand.
Wenger's night got worse before the break as Mohamed Elneny, the only
survivor from Sunday's win, was forced off through injury.
obra Arsenal came out after the interval with much more intent,
with Lucas Perez and Aaron Ramsey at least working Forster early on in the
At the other end, Emiliano Martinez, having signed a new deal with the
Gunners, struggled to keep out Long's arrowed effort as it almost passed through
him to put Saints further ahead.
Granit Xhaka, who came on to replace Elneny, rasped a free-kick which Forster
also dealt with, before Boufal danced through the Arsenal defence only to see
his shot deflected behind.
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purecontrol From the resulting corner, Sam McQueen drove an effort
just wide while Martinez and Saints skipper Virgil van Dijk reeled after
colliding in air.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were introduced by Wenger
just after the hour mark, with Perez having a shot deflected behind.
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cleats Long could have made things worse but he shot wide when
through on goal with substitute Josh Sims also testing Martinez late on.
But by then the game was already sewn up, with Southampton the side advancing
to the final four, as jeers from the home fans greeted the final whistle.