Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud helps the team move closer to top four as Arsenal beat Southampton at the St. Mary’s Stadium in fourteen years.
After a miserable goalless first half, Sanchez’s first attempt on target in the second half saw him first pull dummy as defenders went in the wrong way and shot with his left foot past forster.
His goal was the 20th of the season and joined the likes of Ian Wright, Thierry Henry, Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin Van Persie as those that passed the landmark.
Meanwhile substitute Giroud came in for Danny Welbeck and only spent 180 seconds before he headed into the net Aaron Ramsey’s headed cross to give the gunners a secured lead.
The win for Arsenal displaced Manchester united from the 5th position to 6th as they now seat three points behind 4th place Manchester City and six points behind 3rd place Liverpool who has played one more game than them.
Whereas Southampton is 10th with 42 points and three games left. Coach Claude Puel’s whose future at the club remains unknown about the game said;
“It’s often the same against the big six. We cannot find a win. Every time we play good quality football with chances but without the clinical edge and it’s harsh on the players. For me, we deserved at minimum a draw and maybe a win. For them, in one situation, they scored. It’s difficult to accept.”
On the other side, Arsene Wenger believes his side was dynamic and played well. Speaking in a post-match interview the French man said;
“We were focused and I felt that when we suffered we stuck together. We have another clean sheet and I know we can go forward and score goals. The whole team was dynamic, focused and showed a convincing desire to win the game.”
Records show when Arsenal adapted to the modern formation of back three, four out of their last five match ended in victory, considering the fact that the Gunners are specialist’s in finishing in top four, they have shown that in the past 20 years, there is possibility that The North London team could be seen in the next Champions League.
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