Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits he is seeking reinforcements this month after watching his side crash out of the FA Cup to Southampton.
Saints pulled off a 1-0 victory at St Mary’s despite the Gunners rallying towards the end of the match. Gabriel deflected the ball past Bernd Leno on 24 minutes for the only goal of the game.
This season's @EmiratesFACup campaign ends at St. Mary's.
😇 1-0 🔵 (FT)
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 23, 2021
The north Londoners were not at the races in the first period and were lucky not to be further behind.
But there was no way through the hosts’ backline and the holders crashed out.
Arteta was disappointed not to be able to carry on the club’s FA Cup defence. And he acknowledged that a slow start was to blame for the result.
“Really sad to be out of the competition,” he told BT Sport. “Disappointed to be out and the way we conceded.
“We had issues in the first half and unforced errors as a result of the high-press they do. In the second half we had two or three big chances but not enough.”
After an improvement in results over recent weeks, the knives may well be out once again after a poor display. But the Spanish tactician did not feel his charges were that far behind Southampton.
“It was an even game. In the first half they won a lot of second balls,” added Arteta. “In the second half we added more quality. We became more dominant and created chances but it wasn’t enough.”
Help on its way?
The January transfer window has seen Arsenal linked with many players. The manager has toed the party line and refused to divulge any names who might arrive.
That is defender Ryan Bertrand, who gave an outstanding display on the south coast. It remains to be seen who is signed but Arteta confessed that they are actively seeking new players.
“We are looking in the market and see what we can do,” he continued.
Arsenal and Southampton will meet again on Tuesday in the Premier League. The Londoners sit one place and two points behind Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.