Southampton fans were on a high entering the FA Cup this weekend after their heroic overcoming of Liverpool in the EFL Cup, winning 1-0 at Anfield earlier this week to seal their place at Wembley next month.
With a strong record against Arsenal, the Saints would have fancied their chances of securing a positive result and a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Instead, Claude Puel’s side endured one of the worst defeats in their history.
5 – This was Southampton's heaviest home FA Cup defeat since February 1910, when they lost 5-0 to Manchester City. Sinning.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 28, 2017
Losing by five goals in the FA Cup for the first time in 107 years, Southampton were torn apart by a second-string Arsenal side today. Whilst it has to be mentioned that the Saints also played a weaker side, the performance from the home team was awful.
Having made history this week by reaching a showcase final at Wembley, Southampton have now gone to the complete opposite end of the spectrum and will need to respond valiantly in the Premier League this week, where they face Swansea City.