Arsenal battled hard to earn a 1-0 win against Southampton last night.
Arsenal dug deep to secure a 1-0 win against Southampton last night, which allows them to stay in the hunt for a top four place.
The Gunners were nowhere near their best but they found a way to secure the three points and back up the important win against West Brom in their last game.
Here are five things we learned about the Gunners from last night.
Arsenal are showing a resilience at the moment, which hasn’t always been evident in the last couple of seasons. They aren’t playing their best football but they are fighting and finding ways to get results.
Arsenal fought well despite a number of injuries to key players. It’s been a big problem for Arsene Wenger this season but the players he drafted in did decent jobs and the quality of the squad looks good heading into a difficult period.
There were some heavy challenges flying around from Arsenal players such as Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla. One of the criticisms of their midfield is that there isn’t enough energy and grit in that part of the side. They announced their presence and let Southampton’s key players know they were around.
Wenger has to find a way of getting the most from the Ox when sides nullify him effectively. Southampton took him out of the game, which led to him being subbed for Olivier Giroud. Rather than his reaction being seen as a problem, Wenger needs to try and find a way to keep him effectively against various sets of tactics.
He’s quickly become Arsenal’s most important player. He keeps his head in the high pressure situations and is securing vital points for the side. Wenger has to find ways to keep him effective once sides work out how to keep him quiet.