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FA Cup Arsenal vs Southampton : Arteta blasted for selecting Pepe and Willian in 1-0 defeat to Southampton



Mikel Arteta

Arteta under fire for selecting Willian, Pepe in 1-0 loss to Southampton.


Arsenal legend Paul Merson has questioned the selection of Mikel Arteta when the team was dumped out of the FA Cup on Saturday.

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The Gunners lost 1-0 to Southampton at Saint Marys, which means they won’t defend the trophy they won in Arteta’s first season.


Arteta made seven changes to the team that beat Newcastle on Monday for the game against the Saints.

Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey and Alexandre Lacazette started from the bench, while Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney were fully rested.


However,their replacements, Willian, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe and Eddie Nketiah, failed to impress.


“I don’t know what he’s doing. They are not going to win the league. They are not going to enter the top four.

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β€œFor me, this is the [competition] that Arteta did last time. He came to Arsenal and had a great semi-final and a great final.


β€œHonestly, I can’t believe it. This was a bigger game than the league game on weekdays, in my opinion. They are not descending and they are not in the top four.

“So, for me, it was a bad decision,” Merson said on Soccer Saturday.

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