Why Arsenal could play Liverpool for final Champions League spot

Hazel Gray
May 18, 2017

The Chile forward picked up a pass inside the box from Mesut Ozil and left both Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens on the ground as he cut back inside and finished well.

Arsene Wenger on Alexis Sanchez and his cool finish: "The goal he scored tonight shows what he's about: very good technique in a short space". When he has the ball in the box he is unsafe.

"The whole team was dynamic, focused and showed a convincing desire to win the game", Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the BBC.

"Alexis always grows during the game".

"We know we can only win our games".

He added: "We had opportunities, they had one or two as well, so it was an open game but then in the second half we managed to come out and just keep playing our game, waiting and being patient until the opportunity came".

Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud scored the goals as the Gunners closed-in on top-four rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

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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.

"I felt if you look at individual performances you couldn't be disappointed from the goalkeeper to Danny Welbeck". Both of them have great team spirit as well.

"So I have been following the Premier League for years now and I have always enjoyed watching Arsenal play - I like the way they play". "We went through a bad patch". Maybe the City game gave us confidence. They beat the mid-table teams, and a second-string Manchester United, but were comfortably beaten by Tottenham. "So let's just continue".

It was a fairly dismal evening for a Southampton side who had drawn their previous two games 0-0 and mustered few chances in another largely toothless display.

Arsenal face games against Stoke City, relegated Sunderland and Everton in their bid to sneak Champions League qualification for the 20th season in succession, and interventions as divine as Sanchez's in this game will be crucial.

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.

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