Arsene Wenger taking each game as it comes as Arsenal target fourth

The Frenchman has never finished outside the Premier League's top four in a full season at the helm and is optimistic they can gatecrash the Champions League places this time around, despite a bad run of form which saw Arsenal lose six of 11 league games.

"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 physios told me Alexis Sanchez wanted to come off, I don't know what it was, but he's a fighter and found the resources to score an excellent goal after", he said.

"The goal he scored tonight shows what he's about: very good technique in a short space", Wenger said. Now three points off fourth spot Arsenal will hope to make it three wins in three, but before we look into their trip to Stoke it's time to pick a man of the match from the Southampton game.

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

"I believe when the team plays well we have the right individual talent to win". Personally, I didn't see any incident where he had to stop for a sprint, it was more fatigue.

After 30 minutes the Arsenal three-man defence conspired to play both Dusan Tadic and Gabbiadini onside, with the latter seeing an effort well saved by Petr Cech.

"We took over in the second half and created many opportunities".

Despite Ramsey's initiative, the source of the goal was definitely Sanchez who celebrated his own goal by patting the Arsenal cannon on his chest.

This victory may not mean as much as it did during the "Invincibles" campaign, but it could have long-lasting ramifications for both Wenger and Arsenal as the Frenchman continues to contemplate whether to sign a new deal.

Since changing to a back three, Arsenal's fortunes have improved with four wins in their last five, conceding just once in these victories and the one defeat coming away at a rampant Spurs.

According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners midfielder, who picked up a hamstring injury during the win over Southampton on Wednesday (10 May), has undergone a scan to assess the damage.

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