Cedric foul throw sums up Arsenal afternoon as Southampton dump Gunners out of FA Cup January 23, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Arsenal’s miserable 2020/21 campaign continued as Southampton dumped the holders out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory in the fourth round.
An uninspiring affair was decided when Gabriel inadvertently deflected a Kyle Walker-Peters cross into his own net on 24 minutes.
Mikel Arteta was left to rue his decision to rest several key players, as the likes of Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette started on the bench, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was ruled out due to a personal issue just hours before the match.
Nonetheless, it was the sort of tepid display which has left Arsenal languishing in 10th place in the Premier League, as under-performers Willian and Nicolas Pepe struggled once again.
Any Arsenal fan will tell you a deeply frustrating undercurrent of their season has been the absurd number of foul throws – and as former Saints man Cedric committed the seventh of the season in the second-half, it felt like a moment which summed up the club’s day.
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