A much changed Arsenal side were knocked out of the Capital On cup last night at the Emirates Stadium. Alexis Sanchez put the Gunners in front with a superb free-kick went to the top corner from 25 yards for the London side featuring 10 changes from the team that beat Aston Villa 3-0 over the weekend.
But Southampton hit back in just six minutes with a penalty kick by Dusan Tadic after Mane, playing his first game since obtaining a work permit, was brought down in the forbidden area by Tomas Rosicky. Tadic stepped forward and side-footed his penalty down the middle to equalize.
Nathaniel Clyne then gave the Saints a deserved lead with a stunning swerving strike strike from about 35 yards that beat gunner’s debutant keeper David Ospina.
Many observers had predicted Southampton to struggle this season after an exodus of Key players in the transfer season along with the departure of their Manager Mauricio Pochettino who joined Tottenham Hot spurs, but the new look Saints under Ronald Koeman, matched Arsene Wenger’s side throughout the encounter and could have even scored more if not for the wayward shooting.
Their quick counter-attacking style employed which has worked effectively well so far this season, gave the off pace Arsenal lots of trouble even with many players making their debuts.
Meanwhile Liverpool beat Middleborough 14-13 in a record penalty shootout after the two teams drew 2-2 draw at Anfield to advance to fourth round. And Swansea recorded their first ever win over Everton to reach the fourth round of the Capital One Cup by beating them 3-0