Wenger applauds strong Gunners performance

Arsene Wenger applauded the improvement in his side as Arsenal recorded their fourth win in five Premier League games to reignite their battle for a Champions League spot.

Wenger's charges followed up their 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday with a 2-0 defeat of Southampton on Wednesday evening, with second half goals from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud.

The result left Arsenal in fifth place on 66 points, three behind the Red Devils in fourth and four adrift of Liverpool, who have played a game more.

After the tie, Wenger said they had to work hard to secure the three points against a well-drilled Saints set-up.

He said: "We had to, because the play started at a strong pace and the first half was quite even but we were focused, determined, maintained the pace and in the second half we found space to create chances and finish the game off, I believe overall, in a convincing way."

Reflecting on his team's recent improvements, he added: "Yes, I felt that you should look at the performances. You couldn’t be disappointed from the goalkeeper to Danny Welbeck, everybody played well.

"…we know that we can only win our games and we had a strong performance on Sunday, we had a strong performance today. So let’s just continue."

And on having the requisite experience from previous season's, he said: "Experience can help, but I believe that for us it’s a big point to maintain the focus and the intensity in every single game because we play Saturday again at Stoke. 

"We need to have a strong performance there. We came to a difficult ground today and we go to another difficult ground on Saturday."

One negative to come out of the game, was an injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Wenger explained: "It’s a hamstring problem. But we don’t know how bad it is.

"It doesn’t look, because he walks properly. It was tight, it was not a knife, you know. Personally, I didn’t see any incident where he had to stop for a sprint, it was more fatigue. But it’s difficult to assess now, after the game."