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Holders Arsenal out, City survive scare

  • Published at 02:51 pm January 24th, 2021
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Manchester City's Phil Foden equalizes during their FA Cup fourth round match away to Cheltenham Saturday AFP

City looked to be on the brink of defeat at fourth-tier Cheltenham but they scored three times in the last 10 minutes to avoid one of the competition's great shocks

Holders Arsenal bowed out of the FA Cup in the fourth round in disappointing fashion as Gabriel's first-half own goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat by Southampton Saturday.

Manchester City also looked to be on the brink of defeat at fourth-tier Cheltenham Town but they scored three times in the last 10 minutes to avoid one of the competition's great shocks.

Southampton and City were joined in the last 16 by top-flight rivals West Ham United who crushed third-tier Doncaster Rovers 4-0, Brighton and Hove Albion who beat Blackpool 2-1 and Sheffield United who edged Plymouth Argyle 2-1.

Arsenal claimed a record-extending 14th FA Cup title by beating Chelsea in August but Mikel Arteta's side's defence of the trophy ended with a whimper.

Southampton deservedly took the lead in the 24th minute when Kyle Walker-Peters drilled a low cross into the area and Gabriel inadvertently touched it past keeper Bernd Leno.

Arsenal could have fallen further behind with home striker Danny Ings going close for the hosts on several occasions.

The visitors, who made a raft of changes for the tie on the south coast, did apply some second-half pressure with Rob Holding wasting their best chance but Southampton held on to set up a fifth-round clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Manchester City players will be getting changed in the bar at Cheltenham Town's stadium when they visit for an FA Cup...

Posted by Sports Tribune on Saturday, 23 January 2021

It was their first FA Cup win over Arsenal.

Arsenal's first defeat in seven matches was a bitter pill for Arteta to swallow.

For FA Cup romantics, Cheltenham almost provided a classic addition to the competition's rich history.

When Cheltenham skipper Ben Tozer launched yet another humongous throw-in into the City area just before the hour and in the resulting scramble Alfie May prodded home, raising the prospect of sending Pep Guardiola's side packing.

They held on until the 81st minute when Phil Foden volleyed in an equalizer. 

When Gabriel Jesus scored again three minutes later, City could breathe easy. 

Ferran Torres added a late third.

Tottenham Hotspur do not need another striker in the transfer window, Jose Mourinho said Friday after reports that the club were interested in signing Southampton's Danny Ings.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Saturday, 23 January 2021

Guardiola will not forget the tie in a hurry though.

This was his side's 10th successive victory in all competitions.

For Cheltenham manager Michael Duff it was a case of what might have been.

City will face Championship high-flyers Swansea City in the fifth round after the Welsh club crushed Nottingham Forest 5-1.

Norwich City lost 1-0 at Barnsley while Bristol City were 3-0 winners away to Millwall.

In Sunday's big tie, Manchester United host Liverpool while struggling Chelsea face Luton Town.

FA CUP

Barnsley 1 (Styles 56) Norwich 0

Brighton 2 (Bissouma 27, Alzate 58) Blackpool 1 (Madine 45)

Cheltenham 1 (May 59) Man City 3 (Foden 81, Jesus 84, Torres 90+4)

Millwall 0 Bristol 3 (Diedhiou 32-P, Wells 58, Semenyo 72)

Sheffield Utd 2 (Basham 39, Sharp 47) Plymouth 1 (Camara 75)

Southampton 1 (Gabriel 24-og) Arsenal 0

Swansea 5 (Cullen 7, 67, Grimes 29, 61-P, Cooper 84) Forest 1 (Knockaert 56)

West Ham 4 (Fornals 2, Yarmolenko 32, Butler 54-og, Afolayan 78) Doncaster 0

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