Arsenal must maintain focus during final games, says Wenger

And, after the most torrid period of Wenger's career, the mini-recovery continues.

Arsenal have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League visits to the bet365 Stadium, with two of those games ending goalless.

Okocha is the uncle of the SupervEagles forwardbwho has not played for the Gunners since the 2-2 draw against Manchester City on April 2. If Wenger stays then Arsenal will be condemned to another season of underachievement in 2017-18.

But, for all his reluctance to change what happens off the pitch, he is sticking with something different on it.

Former Super Eagles captain, Austin "Jay Jay" Okocha, has insisted that Alex Iwobi will fight on at Arsenal, even if Arsene Wenger leaves the Emirates at the end of this season.

James Ward-Prowse crossed accurately into Arsenal's penalty area, only for the ball to somehow avoid all of his waiting team-mates.

Arsenal are still a long way from their best, but they are going in the right direction, more or less.

DF Hector Bellerin, 7 - Will have seen this as a chance to reclaim his place.

It signalled a tangible lifting of the pace by Arsenal as Granit Xhaka took hold of the game in central midfield.

Their fans are also now saying they want Slaven Bilic to say after all of those negative noises and he deserves more time given what he's had to contend with.

Petr Cech remains Arsenal's number one and he showed why in the first-half, defying his age to tip a Nathan Redmond drive behind for a corner.

Picked out by Mesut Ozil, he cut inside Saints centre-backs Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens, leaving both on the deck, before finishing crisply.

The Gunners now have a top four finish in their sight.

The 23-year-old was substituted during the first half of Wednesday's 2-0 win at Southampton and whilst he is expected to miss the visit to Stoke on Saturday he is not expected to be a long-term injury concern.

Yet Sanchez became an increasingly pivotal figure after the break and opened the scoring with a fine piece of individual skill before playing a role in the second goal, crossing for Aaron Ramsey, who looped it up for Giroud to head in.

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