– Rooney ban –
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West Ham’s cause was not helped by the fact they lost both wing-backs, Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio to injury, and in the 62nd minute they found themselves 3-1 down.
Ibrahimovic was the architect with a fine pass down the inside-right channel for Antonio Valencia, whose cross was tapped in by Martial.
Ibrahimovic doubled his tally in the 93rd minute, slotting in Ander Herrera’s low cross from the left.
The only source of regret for United was a booking for Rooney that rules him out of Sunday’s trip to Everton, nixing his hopes of scoring a club record-equalling 249th goal against his old side.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had been hoping to win the competition for the first time, but instead his decision to make 10 changes backfired as Southampton ended his side’s 19-game unbeaten run.
Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie’s blistering drive put Southampton ahead in the 13th minute.
England left-back Ryan Bertrand added a second seven minutes before half-time, gathering Sofiane Boufal’s pass and rifling a shot into the bottom corner.
“I enjoy this win for all of the squad and for the fans, because it’s a good answer to keep all of our possibilities in every competition,” said Southampton manager Claude Puel.
“We played a very good game and to qualify for the next round is very important. We now get to play in a semi-final and that’s great for the players.”
Mohamed Elneny was the only player to have kept his place from Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday, but he succumbed to illness before half-time and was replaced by Granit Xhaka.
It was Arsenal’s first defeat since a 4-3 loss at home to Liverpool on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
“We didn’t have enough urgency in the first half,” said Wenger.
“We were weak in some departments and we paid for that.” (AFP)