Southampton dump holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup

The Gunners boss opted to rotate his options for the trip to the south coast but his changed team were unable to rouse themselves at St. Mary’s.

Both sides did create early chances in a busy opening with Che Adams testing Bernd Leno and Fraser Forster denying Gabriel Martinelli.

But despite neither side really edging it early on, the Saints were handed a helping hand before the break as Gabriel Magalhaes diverted home Kyle Walker-Peters’ cross.

The visitors did try and force the issue after the restart with Arteta throwing on Thomas Partey and Bukayo Saka.

The returning Eddie Nketiah did force a crucial late stop from Forster but in the end the Gunners limped out as the Saints power on.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 1 Arsenal 0

Southampton boss Hasenhuttl confident of new Ings deal

The 28-year-old’s current three-year deal expires in the summer of 2022 and he has yet to commit to extending his stay with the Saints amid reported interest from Tottenham.

Hasenhuttl said: “As long as there is no signing of the contract, a new one, (the question) will not stop I think.

“I can only say that we want him to stay here. We’ve shown as a club that we want him to be here, definitely, and he’s shown signals that he wants to stay with us. So I’m still positive that we’re fine together for the future.”

Hasenhuttl confirmed Ings is back in contention for Saturday’s home FA Cup fourth-round tie against Arsenal after recovering from coronavirus.

“For us, it’s important to show him that we don’t want to sell him, we don’t want to sell him next summer, we want him to stay with us as long as possible,” Hasenhuttl said.

“I think he enjoys what we’re doing here. He knows his quality here. We helped him to be strong like he is at the moment, so it’s obviously a win-win situation if we can find (a solution) together.”

It has been reported that the Saints are ready to make Ings their highest-paid player, but the former Bournemouth, Burnley and Liverpool striker is still wrangling over the size of his release clause.

“There is no issue with him,” Hasenhuttl added. “He is absolutely happy here I think. He likes to work with the team, he likes playing in this team.

“It is fantastic, a very good atmosphere here and there are some targets also for the season.”

Ings missed six weeks after knee surgery in November and then sustained a hamstring injury in December before testing positive for Covid-19.

He has scored seven goals in 13 Premier League appearances, including the winner against former club Liverpool earlier this month.

Hasenhuttl made seven changes for Tuesday night’s FA Cup win against Shrewsbury and is expected to field a blend of youth and experience again on Saturday.

Saints are scheduled to face Arsenal twice in three days, with the Gunners returning to St Mary’s for a Premier League fixture next Tuesday.

When Aston Villa visit St Mary’s in the league a week on Saturday, Hasenhuttl’s side will be playing their fifth game in 15 days.

Southampton announce new kit deal

Southampton have announced a new long-term partnership with Danish manufacturer Hummel, which will begin from next season.

The Saints are set to part ways with current supplier Under Armour earlier than anticipated, after their current deal was expected to run until 2023. Instead, Hummel will return as kit supplier after a 30-year absence.

The pair previously partnered between 1987-1991 which saw a number of cult classic designs introduced, including the club’s memorable 87/88 home shirt, based on Denmark’s 1986 World Cup shirts.

Hummel will double the amount of Premier League clubs they supply with the partnership, as they currently produce Everton’s designs. Expect to see more chevrons and bumblebees when the new season kicks off in August.

Premier League: Leicester v Southampton

After 17 games, Brendan Rodgers finds his side slap bang in the middle of a title race no one seems to want to run away with, as the Foxes sit four points behind leaders Manchester United. And when United take on Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, a win could see Leicester just a point off top spot come Monday morning.

Perhaps it’s a blessing that no one seems to be talking about Leicester as potential title challengers, just as they didn’t in 2016 when Claudio Ranieri’s side pulled off the ultimate fairy tale by winning the lot.

Fast forward five years and there are still a few players that are still around from that team, with Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy still as important as ever. The Danish goalkeeper will make his 400th competitive appearance for the club on Saturday.

Speaking of the past, it’s hard to preview this game without mentioning what happened last season when these two sides met, when Leicester ran out 9-0 winners at St Mary’s, with Ayoze Perez and Vardy both scoring hat-tricks.

However, since that landmark moment, Southampton have been a different animal, and a similar score line is almost impossible to expect a repeat of. Ralph Hassenhuttl’s philosophy has been adopted by every member of the Saints squad, and they now look like a solid Premier League side capable of beating anyone on their day.

If they’re to get anything at Leicester on Saturday though, they’ll have to do so without Danny Ings, who is self-isolating after coming into contact with a COVID positive person recently. Jannik Vestergaard is out with a knee injury, while Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond are also definitely missing.

Promising youngster Nathan Tella is also out, as is Michael Obafemi, who has undergone surgery on a muscle issue. There is some good news for the Saints though, as Alex McCarthy is back after missing the win over Liverpool, and Oriol Romeu and Che Adams should also be available.

Leicester have a much shorter injury list by comparison, with only Dennis Praet definitely out with a hamstring injury which requires surgery. The Belgian suffered the problem in the 4-0 win over Stoke City last weekend, a game in which James Maddison and Jamie Vardy weren’t risked with slight knocks.

The pair will be back for the visit of Southampton though, and both Ricardo Pereira and Caglar Soyuncu could also make the matchday squad, although both aren’t fully fit after injury. Soyuncu’s fellow Turk Cengiz Under should also be involved after an ankle problem.

Leicester take on Southampton at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, January 16th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Southampton 1-0 Liverpool: Danny Ings hands Saints victory as Reds drop points

There were less than two minutes on the clock when Ings lobbed goalkeeper Alisson to give Saints the lead, their first goal since December 16.

The Reds have struggled for form since their 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on December 19, with draws at home to West Brom and at Newcastle falling before this defeat in Hampshire.

Although the champions hold on to the Premier League top spot on goal difference, Jurgen Klopp’s men failed to take the opportunity to go three points clear of rivals Manchester United, who now have a game in hand.

For Saints it was their first win since a 3-0 victory over struggling Sheffield United on December 13, and the first time under Ralph Hasenhuttl they had taken points off Liverpool, having lost their previous six meetings between the two teams.

It clearly meant a lot to the Austrian, who appeared to be in tears shortly after the final whistle had gone.

His team had been given the perfect start after Thiago Alcantara gave away an early free-kick on his return to the starting line-up. James Ward-Prowse found Ings with a clever free-kick and the 28-year-old took a touch before expertly lobbing into the far corner.

The striker benefited after a lapse in concentration from the usually reliable Trent Alexander-Arnold in a makeshift Liverpool defence, with Klopp naming his 10th centre-back pairing in 17 top-flight matches this season.

It took until the 33rd minute for Liverpool to create their first significant chance of the game, when Sadio Mane cut in and curled the ball towards goal, but his effort was over the bar.

Liverpool looked to put the pressure on the home side after the goal, with Mohamed Salah finding space in and around the penalty box.

But despite having 62 per cent of the possession in the first half, the visitors were unable to convert it into clear-cut chances and often resorted to long, probing balls over the top from defence.

They did have a penalty shout in the second half when Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot hit Jack Stephens’ arm. VAR took a look but did not overrule the referee’s onfield decision, and the game was allowed to continue.

Sadio Mane also went down in the area just before the hour mark, under the challenge of Kyle Walker-Peters – but again Andre Marriner waved play on and VAR did not take a second look at the incident.

Despite their pressure, Liverpool’s first shot on target came in the 75th minute when Mane found himself in space inside the area, but his shot lacked power and Fraser Forster, making his first appearance since December 2017 because regular stopper Alex McCarthy tested positive for coronavirus, was able to gather.

Southampton almost doubled their lead in the 84th minute but Alisson was given a late reprieve when – after coming 30 yards to clear the ball – he was beaten to it by substitute Yan Valery, only for makeshift centre-back Jordan Henderson to get back and clear.

Thiago set to return to starting line up against Southampton

Champions Liverpool face a difficult trip to Southampton on Monday with manager Jurgen Klopp set to freshen things up after a dull performance at Newcastle.

That game followed similarly frustrating draws against Fulham and West Brom, suggesting the intensity of fixtures and growing injury list, could be taking its toll. Although they still just about set the pace, the Premier League has not yet reached the halfway point so there is a lot of football to come.

Thiago Alcantara made his long-awaited comeback in the nil-nil draw after more than two months out with a knee injury and is expected to make only his second start of the season, alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Xherdan Shaqiri.

There is good news for Southampton who are set to have Ralph Hasenhuttl back in the dugout for Monday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool at St Mary’s.

The Saints Boss has been cleared to end his period of self-isolation after his wife tested positive for a Covid-19 test meaning he missed the draw with West Ham.

Southampton and West Ham battle 0-0 Premier League draw

Both sides created chances to win it, but with no real cutting edge at either end, a draw will go down as fair.

With the game bogged down in midfield in the first 45 minutes, Ryan Fredericks’ header went down as the game’s first meaningful chance.

With Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl missing from the touchline, the hosts were unable to really get themselves going after the break, it was West Ham that created the better chances to win it.

In form Tomas Soucek proved again what a handful he can be as the Czech star brought a diving stop from Alex McCarthy.

But just as the game looked to drifting off towards a complete, Said Benrahma was presented with a golden opportunity inside the box, but McCarthy spread himself to preserve his clean sheet.

Full Time at the St.Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 0 West Ham 0

Premier League: Fulham 0-0 Southampton

Scott Parkers side felt they should have had a penalty after a ball from Lookman was flicked onto Jan Bednarek’s arm, which was close to his body, but referee Darren England allowed the game to continue and VAR affirmed the referee’s decision on review.

Despite struggling to make an impact early on, James Ward-Prowse almost gave Southampton the lead in typical fashion, with his 25-yard free-kick rebounding off the woodwork before Che Adams missed the rebound.

Shane Long and Theo Walcott both looked to have broken the deadlock for the visitors in the second half, only to have their efforts ruled out for offside on review as Saints slipped to eighth in the table.

The Cottagers played out their fourth consecutive draw and did so in the absence of their manager Scott Parker, who remains in self-isolation after a member of his household tested positive for coronavirus.

There were just three shots on target during the game, with possession also evenly shared between the sides.

Southampton had previously gone on a seven-match unbeaten run earlier in the season, during which they briefly topped the table, but the result sees them drop out of the European places.

Premier League: Southampton vs West Ham United

Both clubs are without a win in 3 in the league after promising starts to the league campaign.

Southampton were held to a goalless draw in their boxing day trip to Craven Cottage,

The Saints will also be hoping to end their goal drought after 268 minutes without one.

West Ham come into the fixture with only one day of rest, drawing 2-2 to Brighton only on Sunday.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted he’s finding it hard to strike an appropriate balance between training and rest over the festive period.

Despite lack of rest, however, the Hammers will be desperate to produce an upturn in form, winning just one in their last five after a terrific start to the season.

David Moyes’ side were delivered a major boost however, as Hasenhuttl admitted Southampton could be without three key players.

Danny Ings picked up a hamstring injury in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City and is taking longer than expected to return to full fitness.

Nathan Redmond missed their game against Fulham with muscular problems and is no looking likely to miss tomorrows fixture and Jannik Vestergaard will also miss the clash.

The game takes place at 18:00 pm at St Mary’s on Tuesday 29th December

Premier League: Fulham 0-0 Southampton

Scott Parkers side felt they should have had a penalty after a ball from Lookman was flicked onto Jan Bednarek’s arm, which was close to his body, but referee Darren England allowed the game to continue and VAR affirmed the referee’s decision on review.

Despite struggling to make an impact early on, James Ward-Prowse almost gave Southampton the lead in typical fashion, with his 25-yard free-kick rebounding off the woodwork before Che Adams missed the rebound.

Shane Long and Theo Walcott both looked to have broken the deadlock for the visitors in the second half, only to have their efforts ruled out for offside on review as Saints slipped to eighth in the table.

The Cottagers played out their fourth consecutive draw and did so in the absence of their manager Scott Parker, who remains in self-isolation after a member of his household tested positive for coronavirus.

There were just three shots on target during the game, with possession also evenly shared between the sides.

Southampton had previously gone on a seven-match unbeaten run earlier in the season, during which they briefly topped the table, but the result sees them drop out of the European places.

Premier League Preview: Fulham v Southampton

Things seem to be slowly looking up for Scott Parker in recent weeks with three successive draws heading into this one.

Parker also seems to be finally nailing down his best starting XI but he will have a few enforced changes to make for this one.

Joachim Andersen serves a one-game ban with Dennis Odoi set to slot in for him at the back.

But injuries to Tom Cairney and Ivan Cavaleiro present a bigger problem for Parker with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Bobby Reid the most likely replacements.

Southampton’s own form has dipped a bit in December with a draw at Arsenal and defeat to Manchester City.

And Ralph Hasenhuttl’s concerns will be deepened further by the absences of Oriol Romeu and Danny Ings for the trip to the capital.

Romeu has hit his five bookings limit for the campaign with Ings out for a month with a hamstring strain.

The Austrian does have options to shake things up at the Cottage, with Stuart Armstrong, Shane Long and Nathan Redmond amongst the possible returning faces.

Kick Off in this one is 3pm on Boxing Day at Craven Cottage

Manchester City seal vital 1-0 Premier League win at Southampton

Pep Guardiola’s side were unable to match Liverpool’s seven goal haul at Selhurst Park but Raheem Sterling first half strike proved enough to secure a key three points.

Neither side created much in a frantic opening but City’s first real attack handed Sterling the perfect chance to blast home.

Bernardo Silva’s pounced on a loose ball in midfield, he fed in Kevin De Bruyne, and the Belgian drilled cross was emphatically tucked home by Sterling.

But the Saints refused to be knocked by that setback as Danny Ings came within inches of finding an equaliser.

Theo Walcott’s pace took him away from two challenges and hang a cross into the box with Ings nodding agonisingly wide.

But the hosts intensity inevitably dropped off after the break, with Ings forced off through injury, and Ferran Torres fizzing an effort just wide.

However with just a single goal in it heading in to the final 15 minutes it was still open season on the south coast.

City defender John Stones produced an outrageous block to deny Che Adams before Alex McCarthy produced a world class stop from Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez blazed over in added time.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton Manchester City