Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Alexis Sanchez Wenger hails star as master of invention

Arsenal had not won a league fixture at St Mary's since 2003 but they overcame that hurdle to record a second consecutive 2-0 win.

An terrible run of form from January until early April had seriously threatened to end Arsene Wenger's record of securing a top four finish in every season he has had at Arsenal. We created more space and overall I think it was a very convincing win. They have pace, power and very good technical abilities, so we have to be on the top of our game. "He's always a bit of a slow starter, and gets stronger and stronger".

"It's hard for me at the moment, it's between [Danny] Welbeck and Giroud and both played well and have a great spirit".

Arsenal have 66 points, three behind Man City, and both clubs have three matches to play.

"Every time we play good football with quality, with opportunities, with chances but without the clinical edge and this is very harsh for the players".

Neither side looked like scoring in the opening 20 minutes of the second half.

"He has been awesome for us", said Wenger.

The north London side head into the game fresh from their 2-0 victory over Southampton in midweek as they backed up their win over Manchester United at The Emirates last weekend.

However, it came at the cost of an injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has found form in a new wing-back role.

Can our side push on and put the pressure on our rivals?

"Maybe the City game [FA Cup semi-final] gave us confidence".

"We have another clean sheet, we are more stable defensively and I know we can go forward and score goals". It's a good team, a team that likes to play.

None of the guests' last eight league away games have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 16/5 (4.20) on them being forced to settle for a single point in this one.

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to double the lead in the 83rd with a thumping header, his sixth goal of the season as a substitute.

It appeared that Southampton were getting on top but on the hour mark, Sanchez registered his 20th goal of the league campaign in some style as he deceived both Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens before providing a composed finish past Fraser Forster.

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