Sanchez, Giroud help Arsenal leapfrog Man United

Premier League

Alexis 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.

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Alexis Sanchez celebrates after opening the scoring for Arsenal against Southampton. Photo: Andrew Couldridge, Action Images via ReutersOlivier Giroud heads in the second for Arsenal. Photo: Andrew Couldridge, Action Images via Reuters

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.

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