11 May 2017

Sanchez, Giroud send Arsenal up to fifth

9:12 am on 11 May 2017

Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud scored as Arsenal won 2-0 at Southampton to move up to fifth in the Premier League and fuel their hopes of a late push for the top four

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Sanchez broke the deadlock in the 60th minute of what had been a cagey game, selling the Saints defence a dummy before finishing left-footed for his 20th goal of the season.

Giroud headed a second with seven minutes remaining.

It was a fairly dismal match for a Southampton side who had drawn their previous two games 0-0 and mustered few chances in another largely toothless display.

Arsenal moved a point above Manchester United into fifth on 66 points, three adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with both having played 35 games.

Arsenal will also hope to reel in third placed Liverpool, who have 70 points from 36 games.