Arsenal continued their strong recent league form with a 3-1 win over Southampton at St Mary’s on Wednesday.

They enacted a measure of revenge for their FA Cup fourth round defeat against the same opponents last weekend.

And ESPN report that one of their coaches managed to get under the skin of a few of a Saints persuasion.

Carlos Cuesta’s constant shouting from the sidelines seemed to wind up a few Southampton players and coaches, with Fraser Forster chief among them.

Arsenal Training Session
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The England international goalkeeper took exception to Cuesta’s constant communication with the Gunners players.

Others lamented the lack of peace and quiet, but Cuesta quite rightly told them to focus on their own game.


Arsenal have been accused of lacking intensity and leadership at times and Cuesta was simply trying to add it from the sidelines.

It clearly worked on the night and the absence of fans allowed the touchline confrontation to be picked up.

Southampton v Arsenal: The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round
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Forster was between the sticks for that FA Cup win, but Alex McCarthy came back in for the league game.

Arsenal will be looking to continue their league form against bitter rivals Manchester United tomorrow.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching staff are notable for their lack of intensity on the sidelines, with the Norwegian often remaining on the bench and watching the game on a screen.

It seems unlikely Arsenal will be lacking in that regard if Wednesday is anything to go by.

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