Arsene Wenger hails Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal maintain push for Champions League

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Arsene Wenger praised the "invention" of Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean hit his 20th Premier League goal of the season to lead Arsenal to victory at Southampton.

Arsene Wenger felt Arsenal were full value for their 2-0 win at Southampton that kept their Premier League top-four hopes alive. They expected him to take a shot and he is very quick, so overall he has done extremely well'.

"It's not because we lack character if we lose games that people expected us to win, but this is a good opportunity to come back and recover". Very good technique in a short space, he scores important goals.

Wednesday's result got Arsenal up to fifth with 66 points from 35 games while Man.

"It's hard to assess now after the game", Wenger said.

Those games are against Stoke, Sunderland and Everton, teams who have little left to play for.

"I'm always harsh with the one that doesn't play".

Southampton boss Claude Puel was frustrated after his side failed to take their chances with the game scoreless. It's a good team, a team that likes to play.

"We have been through a bad patch but we stuck together when we were suffering and I have never questioned the character of my side", he said. He has been under pressure for 30 to 35 years now and was managing big clubs with big pressure, " the former Cameroon right-back said.

Yet Sanchez became an increasingly pivotal figure after the break and opened the scoring with a fine piece of individual skill before playing a role in the second goal, crossing for Aaron Ramsey, who looped it up for Giroud to head in.

Southampton had a late opportunity through Shane Long, who headed straight at Cech, but this fixture further highlighted that they must strengthen in attack during the summer as they made it three games without finding the back of the net.

- Steven Coltman (@Coltman_S) May 10, 2017@PeteKopite Agreed mate I think we're in serious trouble.

ARSENAL: Cech, Holding, Mustafi, Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Bellerin 36), Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs, Ozil (Coquelin 89), Sanchez, Welbeck (Giroud 80). It's hard to accept.

His Arsenal contract expires at the end of this season and, while a fresh deal is reportedly on the table, some Arsenal fans have called for his head after a disappointing run that saw them humiliated in the Champions League by Bayern Munich.

Subs not used: Ospina, Gabriel, Iwobi, Walcott.

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