first_imgAlexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud were on target as Arsenal won 2-0 at Southampton on Wednesday to move up to fifth in the Premier League and fuel their hopes of a late push for the top four.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, before Giroud headed a second with seven minutes remaining.It was a fairly dismal evening for a Southampton side who had drawn their previous two games 0-0 and mustered few chances in another largely toothless display.Arsenal moved above Manchester United into fifth on 66 points, three adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with both having played 35 games. Arsene Wenger’s side will also hope to reel in Liverpool, who have 70 points from 36.For a long time it looked as if Arsenal would be frustrated by a resolute Southampton defence, while Petr Cech was the busier goalkeeper in the first half, making good saves to deny Manolo Gabbiadini and Nathan Redmond.Yet Sanchez became an increasingly pivotal figure after the break and opened the scoring with a fine piece of individual skill before playing a role in the second goal, crossing for Aaron Ramsey, who looped it up for Giroud to head in.It was a pleasing night for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose side have hit form at the right time, following Sunday’s 2-0 victory over top-four rivals Manchester United.”The whole team was dynamic, focused and showed a convincing desire to win the game,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the BBC.advertisementSaints boss Claude Puel, however, was left to ponder his side’s lack of a cutting edge.”It’s often the same against the big six,” he said. “We cannot find a win. Every time we play good quality football with chances but without the clinical edge and it’s harsh on the players.”last_img read more

first_imgMexico Herrera, Duenas & Araujo out for Mexico vs. Costa Rica Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 06:23 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nestor Araujo Mexico Armando Cooper Panama Pedro Pardo Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Costa Rica v Mexico Costa Rica World Cup Injury, a family problem and suspension have kept three El Tri players from making the trip to Central America ahead of Tuesday’s qualifier Hector Herrera, Jesus Duenas and Nestor Araujo did not travel with Mexico to Costa Rica for Tuesday’s World Cup qualification match, the Mexican federation announced Sunday.Herrera took a knock on his left leg during Friday’s 1-0 victory over Panama, according to the federation. That injury has become inflamed and the team’s doctors decided the midfielder needs more time to recover.Mexico 21/10 for victory Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 27-year-old will travel to Portugal to begin recuperation with Porto by mutual agreement between the club and national team.Duenas, a midfielder who also has played fullback for the national team, requested his release. The Tigres player is going to Monterrey to attend to a child who has been taken to the emergency room.And Araujo was booked in the 76th minute of Friday’s contest, prompting a one-game suspension for his second yellow card of the qualifying cycle after being booked in the previous round against Canada.Mexico clinched qualification to the World Cup with Friday’s 1-0 victory over Panama but could top its best-ever point total in the final round of World Cup qualification, when Ricardo La Volpe’s team earned 22 points en route to a second-place finish in the Hexagonal ahead of the 2006 World Cup.El Tri currently have 17 points with three games remaining.last_img read more