He Southampton eliminated from the FA Cup Arsenal, last champion, whom he defeated this Saturday 1-0, with an own goal from the Brazilian defender Gabriel, in the fourth round of the competition.
The South American player inadvertently deflected German goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s net in the 24th minute, a cross from Kyle Walker-Peters.
Spanish Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta made seven changes to the team that had beaten Newcastle 3-0 on Monday in a Premier League game.
The Gunners, who have won the competition fourteen times, met a determined home team, in which Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl of Austria introduced a strong eleven, with Danny Ings back after a muscle injury in addition to a positive control for the coronavirus, to complete the lead with the former Arsenal player, Theo Walcott.
Southampton, who had never beaten Arsenal in the FA Cup, saw that ambitious gamble rewarded.
Mikel Arteta, who had won the FA Cup in August in his first season at Arsenal as a manager, said he was « really sad » about leaving the competition.
« In the first half we had some unforced errors due to the high pressure they made. In the second half, we created two or three chances, but it was not enough to score, » added the Basque coach.
Arteta had decided to give the Ghanaian midfielder a break as starters Thomas Partey, the English winger Bukayo Saka and the French striker Alexandre Lacazette. All three entered the second period without achieving a draw.
The London club currently occupies the tenth place in the Premier League, two points behind its rival on Saturday, who has one game less.
Arsenal had won the last edition of the FA Cup last August 1 in the final against Chelsea (2-1), achieving the title in four of the last seven editions.
Southampton, who won the competition in 1976, will face in the next round, round of 16, to Wolverhampton, in three weeks.
Arteta’s team will return to Southampton on Tuesday for a Premier League match.