This stat shows how important Alexis Sanchez is for Arsenal

He was only little.

Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud ultimately made the difference at St Mary's, as Arsene Wenger's men boosted their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. "We called him "squirrel" because he was so quick and he was very agile".

Sanchez, whose current contract with Arsenal runs out in the summer of 2018, has so far resisted calls to put pen-to-paper on a new deal with the North Londoners.

Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata has turned down a staggering £147m contract from China, with the former Juventus striker having his sights set on a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Arsenal are now fifth in the Premier League and are fighting to qualify for the next season's Champions League.

It has been reported consistently that Sanchez is frustrated at Arsenal and is looking for options in the summer as he wants to win trophies and earn big money as well.

A mention is also warranted for Aaron Ramsey's performance at Southampton.

Arsenal climbed to the fifth spot in the table with this pivotal triumph, while Southampton remain 10th as they battle for a top-half finish. The biggest test of their final three games will surely come against Stoke City at the Britannia on Saturday, a stadium where they have had many a nightmare which they won't want to repeat this weekend.

Arsenal are struggling to get into the top four given the strong sides this season are all more competitive than ever, but they once again can do it.

  • Julie Sanders