As the final whistle blew at Wembley confirming Arsenala s second FA Cup win in as many years, celebrations also erupted some 75 miles away, on the southern coast of England. The result in the cup final meant that Southampton had qualified for European competition for only the second time in three decades a a remarkable finale to a season that had defied all odds. For most of Englanda s elite, the Europa League is at best, a poisoned chalice; at worst, a second-tier competition not worthy of serious attention or effort. For a club like Southampton, however, Europa League qualification is an outstanding achievement a a just reward for their record-breaking season. When St.Marya s saw the departures of manager Mauricio Pochettino as well as the likes of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Callum Chambers in the summer, some pundits predicted Southamptona s doom a touting them as contenders for relegation to the Championship. Absolutely […]