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Arsene Wenger explains Alexis Sanchez's poor display against Southampton

13 December 2017

Wenger was less than pleased, he continued: "We're not happy because we wanted to win but when you can not win at least don't lose".

Charlie Austin opened the scoring inside three minutes at St Mary's, capitalising on poor play from Per Mertesacker and firing past Petr Cech.

"I felt that we played with an excellent spirit", Wenger told BT Sport.

Giroud's goal was Arsenal's first effort from inside the penalty box in the second half, which is testament to Southampton's discipline and organisation.

For Wenger, the line between disappointment and nightmare was a very fine one, as the Saints continued to pierce through the defensive chaos at will in the early stages. It was in their head and they were a bit apprehensive.

The Saints got off to the flawless start as Charlie Austin combined well with Dusan Tadic before calmly slotting past Petr Cech from close range, 1-0.

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Arsene Wenger insists Olivier Giroud will not leave Arsenal in January despite the France striker's lack of starting opportunities.

"He will start more games".

With a busy winter schedule that includes fixtures against Liverpool and Chelsea, Arsenal may even struggle to reach the top four and could be well off the pace at the turn of the year. Oriol Romeu struck a shot against the bar from distance and Ryan Bertrand made an utter hash of a great counter-attack.

He said: "I must say I'm frustrated".

"Not only were we called back with three against one, but when we played it quick, he (the referee) called the ball back without any reason and that was a huge advantage to Southampton".

Arsene Wenger explains Alexis Sanchez's poor display against Southampton