Southampton rout shows Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal claims may be justified

Arsène Wenger has had plenty of attacking firepower in seasons past but there are plenty of reasons why his current Arsenal strike force is up there with his best

The 5-0 FA Cup victory over Southampton may not have been Arsenal’s biggest of the season – that came against a rank Ludogorets who crumbled 6-0 in the Champions League – but it was still entirely comprehensive.

Whereas other Premier League sides rotated and failed to perform (and, in the cases of Watford, Liverpool and the aforementioned Saints, abjectly slumped out of the competition), Arsenal thrived. Their double-barrelled midfield trio Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had an average age of 20. Of the back five, only Héctor Bellerín and Shkodran Mustafi had made more than 10 starts in all competitions this season.

Continue reading...

About the Author

Comments are closed.