Arsenal are knocked out of the 2016 English League Cup quarterfinal where Southampton registered a surprise 2-0 win at Emirates on Wednesday night. Arsenal were never in the game as Southampton started stronger of the two and took the lead inside first 15 minutes thanks to goal from dutch international Jordy Clasie while Ryan Bertrand made it 2-0 before the break and this is how the game ended as Southampton made it to the semifinals of EFL Cup.
Match Highlights (English)
Arsenal 0-2 Southampton Highlights
[ English League Cup 2016 Quarterfinal ]
13′ 0 – 1 Jordy Clasie scores in opening 13 minutes to put Southampton 1-0 up after dominant start by the saints.
38′ 0 – 2 Ryan Bertrand made it 2-0 just before the break.
Arsenal vs Southampton Preview & Lineups: Arsenal has won 1 and drawn 1 since their opening day defeat and they will be heavy favourites to earn another three points at Emirates against Southampton who has not beaten Arsenal in London for best part of last 30 years.
Arsene Wenger is expected to hand Shkodran Mustafi his debut against the Saints while Lucas Perez is likely to be on the bench. Giroud should keep his place in starting lineup with Sanchez, Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi might start in attacking roles. Santi Cazorla and Granit Xhaka to play in central midfield roles.
Southampton on the other hand will start with Nathan Redmond and Charlie Austin upfront while Dusan Tadic, Steven Davis, Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse set to play in four man midfield. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday afternoon kickoff, we will have confirmed lineups couple of hours before the kickoff.
Predictions: A very interesting and competitive fixture to say the least. Arsenal playing at home should be slight favourite and with all big players like Ozil, Sanchez and Giroud fit and raring to go they might prove too much for unpredictable Southampton. I am going with a 2-1 win for Arsene Wenger side and with that I can see them going top of the table.
Arsenal 1-1 Southampton Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 ]
18′ 0 – 1 Petr Cech conceded what is ruled as own goal after he failed to cope with Tadic shot.
29′ 1 – 1 Laurent Koscielny brought homeside back into the game with a stunning overhead kick.
90′ 2 – 1 Santi Cazorla scored late in second half on a penalty to earn three points for Arsenal