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ARSENAL are OUT of the FA Cup after a limp 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

And he could be followed by more arrivals in the shape of Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard and Southampton's Ryan Bertrand.

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  • Joe Brophy

    C-UPSET

    Mikel Arteta has reacted to Arsenal's FA Cup elimination.

    He said: "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."

  • Joe Brophy

    SLICK RICK

    Arsenal are reportedly lining up a move for Crystal Palace youngster Tyrick Mitchell.

    The Gunners are chasing cover at left-back for Kieran Tierney.

    And they are one of a number of clubs courting 21-year-old Mitchell, according to The Evening Standard.

    Mitchell has taken his chance to shine at Selhurst Park after breaking into Roy Hodgson's first team.

  • Joe Brophy

    OD TO JOY

    Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard is reportedly ‘pushing’ to join Arsenal, and hopes to sign for the club in the ‘coming hours’.

    The Gunners are in deep negotiations with Los Blancos about bringing the Norway international, 22, to the Emirates on loan until the end of the season.

    And Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the deal is close to being finalised.

  • Joe Brophy

    FINE ART

    Mikel Arteta has given an update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's absence from today's match due to a personal matter.

    He said: "He needs to address that issue and see how it evolves.

    "We're here to support him and he needs to take the time that is needed because that's a priority at the moment."

  • Joe Brophy

    GUN FIRE

    Folarin Balogun appeared to send boss Mikel Arteta a message just minutes after the 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Southampton.

  • Joe Brophy

    BISS BASH BOSH

    Arsenal target target Yves Bissouma showed the Gunners exactly what he can do with a 30-yard FA Cup screamer for Brighton.

  • Joe Brophy

    ARTETA’S VIEWS

    The Gunners boss talks about how it feels to be eliminated from the competition and names where his team went wrong in the tie.

    “I am really sad to be out of the competition, congratulations to Southampton obviously to get through to the next round.

    “Disappointed to be out and disappointed in the way we lost the game. Conceding again in an area where we cannot give the ball away.

    “We had some issues in the first half controlling certain aspects. A lot of unforced errors as well, that was leading them to the high press that they do but when we break that pressure, we had two or three, in the first half, important moments but we didn’t hit the target.

    “In the second half we produced, I think another two or three big chances but not enough to win the game.”

    “The way we conceded the first goal was our own fault and we cannot do that, we have to compete in the game or you know you are out and we have to do that better but it’s a lesson”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART DEALER

    Mikel Arteta has spoken of the imminent loan signing of Martin Odegaard following the 1-0 defeat at Southampton.

    Asked about the player, the Arsenal boss said: "Obviously we played today.

    "Since last night I don’t have any updates.

    "Probably I will get a few phone.calls today and see where we are with every deal."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ARSENAL RATINGS

    Arsenal produced a damp squib to exit the FA Cup at the hands of Southampton.

    An own-goal from Gabriel proved to be the Gunners' undoing in what was a dismal showing on the south coast.

    Mikel Arteta was dealt a pre-game blow when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had to pull out for a personal matter.

    But those who did get the nod for the FA Cup clash failed to sparkle as it was the Saints who progressed.

    They now face Wolves in the fifth round.

    Click HERE to see SunSport's John Hutchinson rated and slated the Arsenal squad.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LEAGUES BEHIND

    LaLiga chief Javier Tebas has slammed “selfish” Euro giants for backing the planned 20-club Super League.

    SunSport reported the Prem Big Six are being tempted by up to £310m each plus a minimum of £130m per year to join the breakaway alternative to the Champions League.

    And as further details of how the competition would be ENTIRELY run by the “founder” clubs, including a form of Financial Fair Play on transfer and wages spending, Tebas went after his three potential mutineers.

    Tebas said: “This is a clandestine and unviable project that would do a lot of damage to European football. I know what is going on and what is being discussed.

    “Those clubs working on this project behind the back of football institutions are not loyal to the competitions in which they participate.

    “I don’t understand why we should want change because of the theoretical selfishness of a few clubs.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL TIME

    Arsenal have been knocked out of the FA Cup.

    And they deserve it, they were shocking.

    You have to feel for players like Reiss Nelson who can't even make the bench, yet Willian lasts the full match.

    It's one step forward, two back for the Gunners.

    And you fear for them when they face Southampton midweek next.

  • Jake Lambourne

    OD SO NEAR

    Arsenal are a step closer to signing Martin Odegaard on loan until the end of the season after overnight talks with Real Madrid.

    The 22-year-old Norwegian is expected to now complete his switch to the Emirates next week following succesful discussions.

    The attacking midfielder decided to snub Real Sociedad and join the Gunners – with Mikel Arteta desperate for a Mesut Ozil replacement.

    Meanwhile, Sociedad boss Imanol Alguacil confirmed the former Heerenveen and Vitesse man was on his way to the Emirates.

    He said yesterday: “The possibility of Odegaard returning here doesn't exist.

    “He was really close, but when Arsenal joined the race and Arteta called him, Odegaard changed his mind.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    SECOND HALF STARTS

    Into the second half we go.

    What will the response be from Arsenal?

    A reminder you can click HERE for regular updates.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HALF-TIME

    And that's the first half!

    What a dismal display it's been from Arsenal so far.

    Willian and Nicolas Pepe have yet failed to impress and it's no surprise that they can't make the starting XI in the Premier League.

    A big second half is needed otherwise the FA Cup holders are being dumped out.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAINTS LEAD

    Southampton have taken the lead after Kyle Walker-Peters' cross diverted in off of Gabriel.

    A bitter goal for the Gunners to concede, but on the balance of play, the Saints are deservedly in front.

    Arsenal just haven't turned up. Disappointing so far.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KICK OFF

    And we're off!

    Follow all the match action from St Mary's with the SunSport LIVE blog.

    Click HERE for regular updates.

  • Jake Lambourne

    AUBA AND OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has pulled out of the Arsenal squad to face Southampton at the last-minute due to a personal matter.

    The Gunners striker was set to be in the squad for the FA Cup fourth-round clash at St Mary's.

    He is in red-hot form again after scoring twice for Mikel Artet'a side in a 3-0 home win against Newcastle on Monday.

    But after travelling down with the squad, he had to go back home to deal with a personal issue this morning.

    Arteta said: "He had a personal matter in the last few hours and we had to send him back."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART ATTACK

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Chelsea boss Frank Lampard deserves more time at Stamford Bridge, despite the Blues flattering to deceive in recent weeks.

    Arteta said: "I have known Frank for a few years and I spent some time with him and I would like the club to support him and give him a chance.

    "He has huge experience as a player, he is an icon over there and he has done some really good things.

    "You need time, and something we have not had in this calendar year is time to work on anything."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal's team to face Southampton in the FA Cup is out!

    Gabriel Martinelli has been recalled to the starting XI, along with Willian and Eddie Nketiah.

    Meanwhile Brazilian defender Gabriel is back in the team.

    And there is no star for goalkeeper Mat Ryan who only joined the Gunners on Friday, as Bernd Leno retains his place between the sticks.

  • Jake Lambourne

    UP FOR THE CUP

    Take a look below at some of Arsenal's best FA Cup fourth round goals in recent years.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROWE YOUR BOAT

    Emile Smith Rowe may be shunted out wide as Arsenal close in on the loan signing of Martin Odegaard.

    Spanish football expert Guillem Balague said on his YouTube channel: "Only about a month and a half ago or so, Arsenal were thinking of letting him (Emile Smith Rowe) go on loan.

    "But things have changed in recent times because he has showed that he has the consistency and the ability to stay in the first team.

    "Perhaps he can play wide if necessary, in a different part of the pitch, or just be there while Odegaard gets adapted to the rhythm and the team and the system of an Arsenal side that will play him.

    "That is what has been promised. There will be lots of minutes, and that’s why Arsenal have become the biggest option, also because Real Madrid didn’t want to offer him to Real Sociedad."

  • Jake Lambourne

    LAUR AND ORDER

    Bukayo Saka has the potential to be a world-class player, believes club legend Lauren.

    The 19-year-old England ace has been one of the Gunners most consistent performers again, during an up-and-down season so far.

    Invincible Lauren told GentingBet: “Saka has the potential to be a world-class player.

    “He is a player who understands the game which is so important. How many times does he lose the ball during a game?

    “Not many at all. He plays simple. He can play in a variety of different positions and do a great job in all of them.

    “I still think he hasn’t achieved his full potential.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WHERE THERE'S A WILSH

    Jack Wilshere believes Mesut Ozil was not given a fair opportunity to win back his place in the Arsenal team as he edges closer to joining Fenerbahce.

    Asked if he had spoken to his former team-mate about his situation, the Bournemouth midfielder said: "No. I was friends with Mesut during my time at Arsenal and we had a really good relationship on and off the pitch, I thought.

    "But no, I didn’t speak to him. I’m sure it was as difficult for him [to not be playing] as it was for me.

    "It’s not nice to be in a position where you’re not given that opportunity – a fair opportunity – to try and challenge for a place in the team.

    "Listen, people can have bad games and miss out on the team, but to not be given an opportunity is tough, and was tough, to take.

    "So I’m happy that he has found happiness and hopefully he can go on to be successful in Turkey."

  • Jake Lambourne

    OD TO JOY

    Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard is reportedly 'pushing' to join Arsenal, and hopes to sign for the club in the 'coming hours'.

    The Gunners are in deep negotiations with Los Blancos about bringing the Norway international, 22, to the Emirates on loan until the end of the season.

    And Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the deal is close to being finalised.

    Tweeting in the early hours of Saturday morning, he said: "Real Madrid and Arsenal have been negotiating for Odegaard also tonight.

    "The agreement is really close as reported yesterday – there are still details to be sorted out. No Real Sociedad, no Ajax: Odegaard wants Arsenal.

    "He’s now pushing to join #AFC in the coming hours."

  • Jake Lambourne

    HATEFUL EIGHT

    Arsenal have been tipped to finish eighth for the second season in a row in the Premier League.

    A super computer believes the Gunners will jump up two spaces in the table from where they are now.

    However it will see the North London giants miss out on a European spot.

    Bettingexpert's data points to another Premier League crown for Manchester City, with Man Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham completing the top four.

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