That's Sanchez - Wenger hails Arsenal match-winner

Sanchez struck his 20th league goal of the season to open the scoring and Wenger was full of praise for the Chilean - whose own future at the club remains up in the air with his contract expiring next year.

Southampton's Oriol Romeu, right, competes for the ball with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez during their English Premier League match at St Mary's stadium in Southampton, Wednesday, May 10. The Gunners are four points behind third-placed Liverpool but have a game in hand, meaning they could still sneak into the top four if the Reds drop points in either of their remaining two games.

"Overall it was a very convincing win", explained the Arsenal manager.

"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".

"The goal he scored tonight shows what he's about: very good technique in a short space", Wenger said.

"I felt if you look at individual performances you couldn't be disappointed from the goalkeeper to Danny Welbeck".

The Gunners are also three points away from Manchester City, with both of them having three games to play.

"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".


He added: "At the moment, from an Arsenal perspective, I'd rather see them win the FA Cup".

"It seems we had all the good situations in the first half, but second half for them just one situation is enough to score and this is hard to accept".

Arsenal will be facing a Stoke side with just one win from their last nine games, yet City manager Mark Hughes is confident his players will rise to the occasion.

CHELSEA will clinch the Premier League title if they win at West Brom on Friday.

Petr Cech made two crucial saves to ensure Arsenal went into the first half break on level terms with the Saints.

Sanchez's cross was met by Ramsey and then Olivier Giroud's bullet header from close range was in the back of the net to double Arsenal's lead.

Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had picked up a hamstring injury but Wenger said that the injury was not serious.


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