Arsenal got a hugely important 2-0 win at Southampton, despite the fact that it took them a whole hour to have a shot on goal. First time that happened, the ball went in, because, as Arsene Wenger put it;
That’s Alexis, he’s a player who never gives up. He’s always tricky to stop, very good in short space and in the box he is dangerous. The goal he scored tonight shows what he’s about: very good technique in a short space
the Arsenal manager said, before going on praising his Chilean star.
He scores important goals. Tonight is not a 5-0… He has invention in his head. He’s creative, not phased by anything, and he surprised everyone in the stadium tonight with his goal
Wenger told Sky Sports, adding
he always grows during games, he is always a bit of a slow starter and gets stronger and stronger.
Arsenal are now sitting fifth in the Premier League table, they have left Manchester United behind them, but they’re still three points below fourth-placed Manchester City.
If the Gunners fail to earn a ticket for next season’s Champions League, it will be the first time in 20 years.