Sanchez, Giroud send Arsenal up to fifth

Rufina Vignone
Mag 19, 2017

Arsene Wenger was happy with Alexis Sanchez's display as Arsenal beat Southampton - but admits he has a problem choosing between his two main strikers.

Arsenal kept their top-four hopes alive with a comfortable 2-0 victory at St Mary's on Wednesday night.

After looking dead and buried for a top four finish just a month ago, Arsenal find themselves with a chance to sneak themselves into that Top Club Club again and continue Wenger's streak of not missing the Champions League. I think we managed in the second half to keep playing our game and waiting and being patient until the opportunity comes. Alexis is a player who never gives up and is always tricky to stop and very good in short space. They have pace, power and very good technical abilities, so we have to be on the top of our game. He is a slow starter and he gets stronger and stronger.

The Potters have endured a hard end to the season, as they have only won one of their last nine games, although their form at home has been better, losing just twice in 12 league matches. I'm happy. Arsenal belong as one of the best clubs in the world and London is a great place to be, a great city to live in.

Oxlade-Chamberlain went off after 36 minutes with what manager Arsene Wenger confirmed was a hamstring injury.

Arsenal moved above Manchester United into fifth on 66 points.

"He's got a small chance, he was not far [away from returning], practiced [on Tuesday] but was risky to play him [at Southampton]", Wenger said.

Giroud-just on as a substitute-added the second in the 83rd, heading home after Sanchez's cross was helped back into the middle by Aaron Ramsey. "We were dynamic, quick going forward and well-organised".

"We can not find the good clinical edge", said the beaten Saints manager Claude Puel. We did well being patient in the first half.

The defeat for Southampton leaves Claude Puel's side in mid-table and marks a third successive game without a goal for Saints.

For a long time it looked as if Arsenal would be frustrated by a resolute Southampton defence, while Petr Cech was the busier goalkeeper in the first half, making good saves to deny Manolo Gabbiadini and Nathan Redmond. It's a good team, a team that likes to play.

Picked out by Mesut Ozil, he cut inside Saints centre-backs Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens, leaving both on the deck, before finishing crisply.

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