Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was displeased at his team’s performance in the FA Cup fourth-round defeat to Southampton, but had little sympathy for his players at the manner of their exit.
The Gunners were the reigning holders of the trophy but exited this year’s competition without any real impact, losing 1-0 at St. Mary’s on Saturday.
“I’m really sad to be out of the competition. Congratulations to Southampton but [I’m] disappointed to be out and [in] the way we lost the game, conceding in an area where we cannot give the ball away,” the manager told BT Sport after full-time.
"We had issues in the first half controlling certain aspects and with the high press, they do. We had two or three important moments but didn’t hit the target, not enough to win the game.
💬 "Disappointed with the way we lost it and the way we conceded the goal but we know that we should not be doing that in that area of the pitch."— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 23, 2021
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“The way we conceded is our own fault and you cannot do that. it’s a lesson.
“In the second half we were much more dominant and played in the opponent’s half but it wasn’t enough.”
Arsenal travel to Southampton again in midweek for the Premier League game on Tuesday evening and Arteta hopes that lessons have been learned, as they look to continue their upturn in fortunes in league play at least - though their opponents are one place above them in the table.