Arsene Wenger not giving up on top-four finish

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15 May, 2017

Sanchez and Giroud were on target as Arsenal won 2-0 at Southampton.

The UK general election is apparently not something that has escaped Arsene Wenger's meticulous attention to detail as he echoed Theresa May's Tory rhetoric in urging Arsenal to remain "strong and stable" in their hunt of the top four. "The whole team was dynamic, focused and showed a convincing desire to win the game".

"We have another clean sheet, we are more stable defensively and I know we can go forward and score goals".

It was then just over 20 minutes later when Arsenal doubled their lead and Sanchez had a part to play in this goal too.

After a lacklustre first half, Sanchez sparked the game into life with a moment of magic when he wrong-footed two defenders in the box before calmly slotting the ball past goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

"We certainly aren't fazed by Arsenal, despite them coming into the game on the back of a really strong run of results", Hughes told a news conference on Friday.

"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".

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And it was the visitors who had the first real chance as Aaron Ramsey sent an effort wide before Arsenal's three-man defence conspired to play both Dusan Tadic and Gabbiadini onside, with the latter seeing an effort well saved by Petr Cech.

Wenger's situation is also a topic of intense debate, as many Arsenal supporters demand the Frenchman - out of contract at the end of the season - makes way for a change in leadership.

Having previously taken two points from a possible 24 in away games against current top-half teams, victory was a welcome tonic.

The 22-year-old has been relegated to the bench in recent weeks as the Gunners look to salvage their Premier League season by gatecrashing the top four.

Wenger confirmed Hector Bellerin will replace Oxlade-Chamberlain if the England man is not fit to travel to Stoke and praised the Spain international's mentality after he was recently jeered by Gunners fans following a gutless defeat at Crystal Palace last month.

"We like to upset teams who come here and expect to win".


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