Arsenal catapulted themselves back into the top four after beating relegation contenders Southampton 2-0 at the weekend, leapfrogging highflyers Manchester United in the process.
It didn’t take long for the Gunners to assert their dominance over their struggling visitors with unmarked Alexandre Lacazette calmly finishing Henrikh Mkhitaryan well-placed pass from six-yards out.
The Armenian turned scorer just over ten minutes later latching onto impressive Alex Iwobi’s deflected cross.
If you could say one thing about the Saints under Ralph Hasenhüttl it’s that they’re considerably more attacking, and their efforts nearly paid off with Matt Targett testing the hands of German stopped Bernd Leno on a couple of occasions.
Nathan Redmond was also unlucky to see the quick reactions of Leno preventing him from getting his side back into the game.
Lacazette was presented with a golden opportunity to take the game out of sight from six-yards out following a selfless act from Sead Kolasinac but somehow fluffed his lines.
All in all, a routine game for the hosts who could well have embarrassed the Saints if they weren’t so charitable in missing their efforts.
Alex Iwobi received all the plaudits for his performance.
Iwobi’s all-around game was far better than we’ve seen in the past and, according to Sky Sports, he provided more crosses than anyone else (5) and made more key passes (3) than any of his teammates.
Credit should also be handed to Sead Kolasinac. The big Bosnian defender was an absolute engine up the left-hand side of the pitch and has been continually putting in quality performances since his return from injury. He very nearly got an assist for his efforts, and should have done really, but that doesn’t detract from how well he performed.
It’s been a bit of an up and down spell in England for Kolasinac, but his display against Soton highlighted that he’s not a player that can be undervalued.
Indeed, he’s got all the traits to succeed at this level, and if given time, it’s hard to see him not taking his game to the next level. He just needs to keep on impressing as he did against Southampton.
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