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EPL: Arsenal keep top-four hopes alive with Southampton win

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Montrelle Montesinos | 20 May, 2017, 05:29

So it's possible, and entirely conceivable that Arsenal could win all four remaining games and that Liverpool could drop points, a combination which would see the Gunners finish ahead of Klopp's side and probably finishing 4th place.

"No, not really", Wenger told Sky Sports when asked if he knew the severity of the injury.

Giroud made sure of victory in the 83rd minute, nodding home after Ramsey had headed the ball across the box following more good work from Sanchez. "He's always a bit of a slow starter, and gets stronger and stronger".

"It's not because we lack character if we lose games that people expected us to win, but this is a good opportunity to come back and recover".

Speaking about his side's effort and inability to secure victory in some winnable games, Wenger said the FA Cup victory over Manchester City gave his side confidence. Let's not go too quickly to conclusions, and focus and give everything at Stoke on Saturday.

"It was a very even game in the first half but in the second half I felt we took over and created many opportunities to score".

Former Arsenal defender Laureano Etamé-Mayer on Wednesday said pressure would not force Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to resign.

"Recently we shot ourselves in the foot against Tottenham, because we did not get any points and obviously we left ourselves in the situation where we have to keep winning every game", said Cech.

The game started with nothing of the tempo and chances from Sunday's opening exchanges from Arsenal's weekend win over Manchester United.

Wenger's opposite number Claude Puel lamented his side's inferior "clinical edge" to the Gunners after squandering the best chances in a tight first period.

Sanchez's cross was met by Ramsey and then Olivier Giroud's bullet header from close range was in the back of the net to double Arsenal's lead.

Ozil has played 39 games in all competitions for Arsenal this season, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further 11 strikes. Wenger had dropped Giroud in favour of Danny Welbeck for the last two games, but praised the French striker for his ability to have an impact.