Arsenal shoot down Southampton
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP):
Alexis Sanchez produced a clinical finish to set Arsenal on their way to a 2-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League yesterday, keeping alive the team's ambitions of qualifying for next season's Champions League.
Sanchez moved on to 20 league goals for the season when he collected Mesut Ozil's first-time through-ball and deceived two defenders with a clever turn inside the area, before slotting home a low finish in the 60th minute.
"That's Alexis," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "He is always tricky to stop, very good in a short space once he has the ball in the box."
Olivier Giroud added the second goal in the 83rd, heading home after Sanchez's cross was helped back into the middle by Aaron Ramsey.
Arsenal are making a traditional late-season charge in a bid to seal a top-four finish, with this fourth win in their last five league games lifting Wenger's side above Manchester United and into fifth place. Arsenal are three points behind fourth-place Manchester City, and four points behind third-place Liverpool with a game in hand.
"I wish we'd found this before," Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi said," but we have three games left."