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Having already been knocked out of one Cup competition by Southampton this season, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger is well aware of the threat the Saints possess, especially on home turf.

Add to that the fact that Southampton are very much on a high at the moment, having just stunned Liverpool to reach the Final of the League Cup, and Wenger knows Arsenal will need to be at their very best if they are to advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup this season.

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West Ham United have announced the signing of veteran Portuguese defender Jose Fonte from their English football league rival Southampton on a two-and-a-half-year contract for a fee of eight million pounds ($9.9 million).

"I signed for West Ham because they are a great club and a very big club. They have a lot of fans and I have known for a number of years how passionate they are," the 33-year-old Euro 2016 winner with Portugal told West Ham's website on Friday night.

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Southampton will hope that they are not left to rue missed opportunities as the Saints will take a narrow 1-0 lead back with them to Anfield in their League Cup semi-final second leg. Southampton won the first leg at the St. Mary's Stadium thanks to Nathan Redmond's 20th minute goal, but really should be out of sight in this tie after having had chances galore to put the tie to bed against a Liverpool side that just didn't turn up.

Both teams made changes galore to the sides that took to the field in the FA Cup tie at the weekend, but it was Southampton that looked the more settled as the game wore on, despite been on a terrible recent run of results.

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Everton will hope to this week wrap up a deal for French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, after having finally come to an agreement with Manchester United over the transfer fee for the 27 year old, believed to be £22 million.

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho confirmed the player's proposed departure in an interview yesterday following the 2-0 win over Hull City in the League Cup semi-final first leg at Old Trafford.

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Southampton Captain and a key Manchester United transfer target, Jose Fonte, has handed in a formal transfer request his club revealed yesterday.

The 33 year old Portuguese centre back has been yearning for a move ever since guiding his national team to victory at the European Championships, and was widely tipped to join Manchester United in the summer too.

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Southampton ended Arsenal's unbeaten run in all competitions at 19 matches, beating the Gunners 2-0 to knock the North London giants out of the League Cup at the quarter-final stage, the third straight time that Arsenal have been beaten at home by Premier League opposition in this competition, one which Manager Arsene Wenger perpetually uses to blood young players - despite being just 3 wins away from a trophy.

Arsenal made 10 changes to the side that beat Bournemouth at the weekend with Mohamed Elneny the only member of that winning team to keep his place in the starting eleven. Southampton meanwhile made 8 changes of their own, though the experience of the players that they brought in for this game was there for all to see.

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Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte was predictably in a buoyant mood after his side beat Southampton 2-0 at St. Mary's to record their fourth consecutive win and clean sheet in the Premier League.

Ever since the defeat at the hands of Arsenal, Chelsea have changed their system to a more balanced 3-4-3, and the change has worked wonders for Conte as his side are very much in contention for the Premier League title, moving to within a point of the Premier League's leading trio.

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