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Hazel Gray
May 20, 2017

Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud struck in the second half of a largely forgettable contest on the south coast as Arsenal recorded their first win at St Mary's since 2003.

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have the stomach to fight for a top-four Premier League finish as they prepare for Saturday's tricky trip to Stoke City. We created more space and overall I think it was a very convincing win.

"It was a hard game but we expected that and I believed in the second half we could score the goals that we didn't in the first half because we created more space". "He's always tricky to stop, very good in short space and in the box he is risky".

'We certainly aren't fazed by Arsenal, despite them coming into the game on the back of a really strong run of results, ' Hughes said at Friday's press conference.

Giroud, who came in for Danny Welbeck in the 80th minute, sealed the win for the Gunners just three minutes later with a header from inside the six-yard box. They cannot overtake the Reds even by winning them both, but they will need to win here to have any realistic chance of finishing in the top four yet again. "So I'm always harsh with the one who doesn't play".

Alexis Sanchez went on to give Arsenal the lead on the hour mark, losing two defenders before finding the net.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went off injured in the first half and Wenger said: "We don't know how bad it is".

After a boring first half, Sanchez produced a moment of magic to open the scoring when the Chilean wrong-footed two defenders in the box before calmly slotting home. "We were quick, dynamic going forward and well organised".

Having beaten Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday, Arsenal have loftier ambitions than a top half finish.

Olivier Giroud scored the second but Southampton had been impossible to break down until the Chile worldwide notched his 20th goal of the season just after the break. Maybe the City game [a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup semi-final] gave us confidence but let's not jump too quickly to conclusions and, instead, focus and give everything at Stoke on Saturday.

He was only on the pitch a matter of moments but Giroud headed home an Aaron Ramsey centre to settle matters on 83 minutes, his sixth league goal as a substitute this season and the 100th European top-flight strike of his career.

"It was interesting to play at this level against a good team", said Puel. For them, in one situation, they scored.

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