FA Cup Wrap: Arsenal Knocked Out, Man City Survive Scare

FA Cup Wrap: Arsenal Knocked Out, Man City Survive Scare Photo: TT
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta dejected on the sideline Southampton v Arsenal

Manchester City survived a huge scare in the FA Cup scoring three goals in the final 10 minutes to get past fourth tier Cheltenham Town while holders Arsenal were knocked out on Saturday.

League Two club Cheltenham had taken a 59th minute lead through Alfie May and held that until the 81st minute, when Manchester City leveled through Phil Foden.

Gabriel Jesus put City ahead in the 84th minute before Ferran Torres ensured the victory with a 90th minute strike.

“Of course,” City boss Pep Guardiola said when asked if he was worried while trailing 1-0.

“But like the Brighton game two years ago, we worked, suffered, tried different systems and were there at the end and our quality was the difference.

“We are happy to win this type of games. In this competition, we know what can happen all around the world and in Europe when smaller teams can knock bigger ones out, but I was very happy with the reaction of the players.”

Meanwhile, Gabriel Magalhaes’s 24th minute own goal earned Southampton a 1-0 win over holders Arsenal who crashed out in the fourth round.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said: “I’m disappointed because we wanted to continue in the competition. We had a dream to do it again - like we did it last year - step-by-step, but that dream today is over.

“As well I’m disappointed with the way we conceded the goal in an area where we know we shouldn’t be doing that and giving the lead to the opponent.

“At the same time, I cannot fault the effort of the players, how they tried, how they improved throughout the game and tried to go for the goal in the second half with the way we did it.

“But it wasn’t enough and we conceded a goal that we shouldn’t. We created the chances but we didn’t hit the target.”

Elsewhere, Brighton got past Blackpool 2-1, while West Ham United eased to a 4-0 win over Doncaster Rovers.

Sheffield United also progressed 2-1 over Plymouth Argyle while Swansea, Barnsley and Millwall were all winners.

Ben somerford
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