Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Southampton 0-2 Arsenal: Watch highlights as Gunners move up to fifth

Southampton 0-2 Arsenal: Watch highlights as Gunners move up to fifth

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised his team saying they were full value for their 2-0 win at Southampton that kept their Premier League top-four hopes alive.

Arsenal was dealt a blow in the 36th minute when winger Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain was forced off due to a hamstring injury and was replaced by Hector Bellerin.

The goalkeeper was again needed to keep the Gunners level just before the break as he produced a sublime save to somehow keep out Nathan Redmond's rasping long-range drive.

Sanchez broke the deadlock in the 60th minute at St Mary's, gathering Mesut Ozil's pass and leaving two defenders sprawling before firing home his 20th goal of the league campaign.

With the Saints pushing for an equaliser late on Arsenal buried the fixture in the 83rd minute, with Aaron Ramsey this time the provider as Olivier Giroud headed home from close range.

Arsenal, who had a host of half chances, were without a shot on target in the opening half against a compact Southampton.

The first by the Chile global was really rather handsome: An incisive pass from midfield by Granit Xhaka and a flick from Mesut Ozil led to wonderful control from Sanchez and a faked shot that left two defenders sliding the wrong way.

And he then helped set up the killer second for super sub Olivier Giroud as the FA Cup finalists moved to within three points of Man City and four behind Liverpool.

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Southampton are fighting Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion for eighth place in the Premier League and can take over from the latter if they beat Arsenal on Wednesday.

But Wenger, who has been in charge at Arsenal for over 20 years, says he does not want such a structure introduced while he is still in the job.

Arsenal now have 66 points, one point more than Manchester United who are now sixth on the table.

"I feel sorry for him on that front", Wenger said on Tuesday. The Gunners are four points behind third-placed Liverpool but have a game in hand, meaning they could still sneak into the top four if the Reds drop points in either of their remaining two games.

"Both of them are playing well and both have a great team spirit. He of course needs some defensive experience but in every single game I believe he became stronger through the game". "I would love to (keep him) if I am the manager but we have to sit down together and see if he has a reasonable chance to play or not".

Shkodran Mustafi came back after an injury absence to slot into the team in place of Laurent Koscielny.

The Gunners were sloppy and appeared to lack motivation at the start of the second half as the Saints dominated the early possession.

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