Arsene Wenger has moved to praise his attacking players Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud following their win over Southampton last night, before defending his players character following a tough few months.
They are now three points behind West Brom, who are in eighth place, and the Saints will be looking to win this match which is their game in hand on the teams above them.
"We have to show it again, we know we have to play to win the games", he told reporters.
Southampton manager Claude Puel, whose side remain 10th, felt his players deserved to take more from the game. Once he has the ball in the box, he's risky.
"I wish we'd found this before", Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi said", but we have three games left".
Giroud settled the contest with a late header and Wenger admitted the form of his frontmen has left him with a selection headache.
"I felt that, if you look at individual performances, you couldn't be disappointed from the goalkeeper right through to Danny Welbeck". "I'm happy. Arsenal belong as one of the best clubs in the world and London is a great place to be, a great city to live in". That support always helps, we know that, and it's important for us to play well in order to deserve any plaudits we get - that is certainly our intention.
"We still feel we could finish eighth, but we know everything has to go for us", Hughes added.
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It is a season that could yet see Wenger maintain his 100% record of qualifying for the Champions League in each of his 20 terms in charge at Arsenal.
And although the victory in the last round over Manchester United in his field was already the third in the last 4 rounds, Arsenal still remains only on the 6th line, behind the zone of the Champions League by 6 points.
We had opportunities, they had one or two as well.
The Gunners kept alive their hopes of finishing in the top four with a rare Premier League victory at St. Mary's after Sanchez broke the deadlock with a sublime finish in the 60th minute.