Arsenal beats Southampton 2-0, climbs into 5th in EPL

Solenn Plantier
Mai 19, 2017

Martin Keown believes Arsenal will miss out on a place in the Premier League's top-four places despite their 2-0 win over Southampton on Wednesday night.

The Frenchman has never finished outside the Premier League's top four in a full season at the helm and is optimistic they can gatecrash the Champions League places this time around, despite a bad run of form which saw Arsenal lose six of 11 league games.

Manager Arsene Wenger said: "Overall I thought it was a convincing win". The first half was quite even, but we were focused and determined. "He's always tricky to stop, very good in short space and in the box he is unsafe". He's very good in short space, and in the box. He's always a slow starter and gets stronger and stronger.

"I never questioned the character of my side", said Wenger. But do they want to remain with a team that is stagnating, unable to match their ambition and may not be playing in the Champions League next season? One moment, when the forward instinctively swivelled to flick the ball into the path of the onrushing Ozil, was probably the Gunners' best piece of attacking interplay in the first half, although the Germany star was denied by a fine last-ditch tackle from the youngster Stephens.

Arsenal have been dealt a blow ahead of the trip to the Potteries, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out with a hamstring injury he picked up during the midweek win at Southampton.

"Giroud came on and the second goal was very important for us, too", Wenger added.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists his side have consigned their wobbles to the pages of history and are intent on chasing down what had appeared an unlikely Champions League place after victory over Southampton.

Since changing to a back three, Arsenal's fortunes have improved with four wins in their last five, conceding just once in these victories and the one defeat coming away at a rampant Spurs.

"It was tough in the first half but then we found the opening and deserved to win".

Southampton remain 10th after failing to find the net for the third game in succession.

That was until the Arsenal three-man defence conspired to play both Dusan Tadic and Gabbiadini onside, with the latter seeing an effort well saved by Petr Cech. It's a good team, a team that likes to play.

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