Wenger: That goal is what Sanchez is about

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised forward Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean scored a beauty of a goal in the 2-0 defeat of Southampton on Wednesday evening.

Sanchez, whose future with the club remains uncertain, turned on the magic and produced a stunning strike as the Gunners kept their hunt for a top-four finish alive, and put pressure on Liverpool.

And, Wenger was willing to forget all about the player’s stalled contract negotiations, and praised him for an individual effort that broke the deadlock against a dogged Southampton side.

“I think the goal he scored tonight showed what he is about,” Wenger said in his post-match press conference.

“Very good technique in a short space, he scores important goals. And with very short technique, he has invention in his head,” said the Frenchman.

“He’s creative because he’s not fazed by anything and he’s surprised everybody in the stadium tonight by what he did. They expected him to take a shot and he is very quick, so overall he has done extremely well."

French striker Olivier Giroud sealed the three points for Arsenal when he scored their second seven minutes from time in what was an overall happy day for Wenger and his team.

“I believe that I never questioned the character of my side,” Wenger said. “It’s not because you lose games that people expect you to win that you have no character.”

The win saw Arsenal, who have a game in hand, close to within four points of third-placed Liverpool, to keep their hopes of finishing in the top four alive.