Arsenal secured a 2-0 win over Southampton at Saint Mary’s, thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and super sub Olivier Giroud. The victory moved the Gunners to within 3 points of 4th placed Manchester City and vacates Manchester United’s 6th spot.
Xhaka and Koscielny needed to pass late fitness test to make the team. Kos missed out and Mustafi took his place in the back three. Rob Holding continued from where he stopped.
The first have ended goalless but the Gunners had Cech to thank after he made a save in the 30th minute. The Gunners were forced to make an early substitution after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got injured 6 minutes later. In came Bellerin.
15 minutes into the second half, Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal ahead. He sent Yoshida to Japan before placing the ball beyond Forster after receiving the ball from Mesut Ozil. It was a game that the German was in better form.
Xhaka tried his bullet but Forster punched away. With 10 minutes left to play, Giroud came in for Danny Welbeck. Within 3 minutes, he doubled Arsenal’s lead. Sanchez crossed in to Ramsey who cushioned for Giroud to grab his goal. 2-0 to the Gunners.
A clean sheet and a 2-0 victory is enough to gladden the heart. Alexis Sanchez got his 20th league goal of the season, the first Gunner to do so since RVP in 2011/12. Giroud grabbed his 10th of the season.
Is top four still possible. Yes, it is. We have to win all our matches and hope. Hopefully, Chamberlain is back soonest. He has benefitted from this new found 3-4-3.
Enjoy the victory.