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Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud send Arsenal FC up to fifth

Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud send Arsenal FC up to fifth

"We know we can only win our games and we had a strong performance on Sunday (beating Manchester United 2-0) and a strong performance today".

The only negative for Arsenal about the evening was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming off with a hamstring injury in the first half; Wenger said the midfielder-turned-wing-back will be assessed in the coming days but wouldn't give an estimate for his return. Although Arsenal beat Manchester United last week, they don't look the quality settled side we have seen in recent seasons. Every time we play good quality football with chances, but without the clinical edge and it's harsh on the players. "Once he has the ball in the box, he's unsafe", Wenger told Sky Sports.

Nevertheless, the two sides' contrasting form and a 3-1 win from Arsenal against Stoke in the reverse fixture will give the visitors hope.

"We took over in the second half and created many opportunities". They are four points behind third-placed Liverpool but boast a game in hand on Jurgen Klopp's side.

With the goal, Sanchez also became just the fifth Arsenal player to reach 20 Premier League goals in a season.

Manager Arsene Wenger said: "Overall I thought it was a convincing win". I think we managed in the second half to keep playing our game and waiting and being patient until the opportunity comes.

With the nature of the EPL being physically tough, Wenger stated it will be hard for teams involved in European tournaments and that he is eager to see how league leaders Chelsea respond next season.

"The goal he scored tonight shows what he's about: very good technique in a short space", Wenger said. Liverpool have two games left, West Ham away for Liverpool is tough but if they win there then I expect them to limp over the line. We are more defensively stable.

It was a professional display from there on in from Arsenal, who recorded a first league win at Southampton since their unbeaten title-winning season of 2003/04.

"Saturday is our last home game as well and we will want to end with a positive result and performance, so we need everybody behind us and hopefully cheer us to a victory".


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