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Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse eyeing long FA Cup run

Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse is eyeing a long FA Cup run after victory over holders Arsenal.

Saints come up trumps in the first of a double-header with Arsenal as the two sides clash twice in the space of four days. Arsenal's Gabriel Magalhães deflected a Kyle Walker-Peters shot into the back of his own net, giving Saints an early lead.

One goal was it all it took to secure Saints' place in the last 16 of the competition, beating Arsenal in the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

“We knew it would be a tough challenge, a tough FA Cup draw but there's a belief in how we want to do things and play." Ward-Prowse claimed. “We got the rewards from how we wanted to play and we scored a very good goal with Kyle.

“We had a few good opportunities but our decision making when we won the ball wasn't always the greatest so that's something we need to improve on come Tuesday and going forward.

“It's a bit of a shame we can't have a draw tonight to get that excitement but it was a tough couple of games. The academy boys came in well during the week and helped us win the game and for them to be around us in the FA Cup is a great experience for them.

“Why not?" Ward-Prowse exclaimed when asked about a run in this year's competition. “It's a great competition to be in, one that I've got a lot of good memories with and played some memorable games in. We all want to win silverware, look back at the end of our careers and see the things that we've won and this is a great opportunity to go on to do that."

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