Arsene Wenger explains Alexis Sanchez's poor display against Southampton

Dec 13, 2017, 05:14
Arsene Wenger explains Alexis Sanchez's poor display against Southampton

Having scored just four Premier League goals and contributed three assists, with one coming in the 1-1 draw with Southampton, his output has diminished compared to recent campaigns.

Manager Arsene Wenger was asked for his take on the result after the game and he suggested that last week's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United may still have been lingering in the back of his players' minds.

Wenger said he was satisfied enough with the point Arsenal took given they had been behind for so long.

Southampton v Arsenal – Mertesacker Starts For Gunners Posted by Daniel Jenkins
Southampton v Arsenal – Mertesacker Starts For Gunners Posted by Daniel Jenkins

And after saying his club "paid a heavy price for a slow start", Wenger turned his attention to Southampton's tactics.

"Overall, the spirit was great".

They pressed forward with more objective after the restart, dominating possession, yet were unable to penetrate a home defence that was demonstrating far more resilience than the Gunners' own backline.

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"We were relentless, after a hard start we were caught cold and overall it was a windy, rainy afternoon against a team who played well and were quick on the counter-attack".

He said: "I felt that the Manchester United game played a big part in the head of our defenders".

"The answer is the authority of the referees and to put it in the head of the players to respect the game and play".

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Giroud's goal was his 17th as a substitute in the Premier League, tying the record held by former United forward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The French worldwide has scored four goals in the Premier League this season, all coming off the bench. "It is a remarkable achievement".

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