Arsene Wenger Says Chelsea Win Games Without Possession, Criticises Style
May 20 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Arsenal are, of course, already in the Europa League next season; the FA Cup victor automatically gets a spot, so if the FA Cup victor has already qualified for the Champions League, that spot goes to the FA Cup runner up.
Southampton manager Claude Puel, whose side remain 10th, felt his players deserved to take more from the game.
"That's Alexis", Wenger said.
"The goal he scored tonight shows what he's about: very good technique in a short space", he added.
"I am very pleased because we had a consistent performance from the first to the last minute", said Wenger. They have pace, power and very good technical abilities, so we have to be on the top of our game. So it's all about perception, I think, and maybe a little bit of realistic understanding of where we are.
"The whole team was dynamic, focused and showed a convincing desire to win the game", Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the BBC.
We know that he [Alexis] is capable of doing that. In fact, it was Southampton who had the best chance of the half.
Under-fire Wenger has constantly reiterated his side can not put a foot wrong in their remaining games, and they were solid enough to take home victory from the south coast.
With this in mind, odds of 29/20 (2.45) seem generous on under 2.5 goals being scored for their fourth consecutive game against Stoke, who have found the net just 12 times in 14 matches but conceded only 12 in the last 16 home league fixtures.
And although the victory in the last round over Manchester United in his field was already the third in the last 4 rounds, Arsenal still remains only on the 6th line, behind the zone of the Champions League by 6 points.
Wenger was forced into a change as the impressive Oxlade-Chamberlain went off with a hamstring issue - Hector Bellerin on in his place.
He was only on the pitch a matter of moments but Giroud headed home an Aaron Ramsey centre to settle matters on 83 minutes, his sixth league goal as a substitute this season and the 100th European top-flight strike of his career.
The ex-Saints youngster has featured 43 times this season, scoring six goals and making 11 assists, but with less than three weeks of the campaign remaining his participation during the remainder of the season has been thrown into doubt.
Wenger admitted that picking between Welbeck and Giroud was tough.