'We were explosive on the transitions'

The goalscorers tend to grab the headlines but Arsene Wenger knows that Saturday’s win at Southampton was the product of a classic team display.

From front to back we were strong, and the manager paid tribute to the collective effort when he spoke to Arsenal Player in the St Mary’s tunnel.

“Yes, it was a tremendous team performance,” said Wenger. “For example we won 5-0 but our goalkeeper was very good and from number one to 11, I would say everybody had a good performance.

“We looked as well like a real team, it was compact, well-organised, explosive on the transitions and overall of course I am pleased for Danny Welbeck who is not at the club [for a long time] and for Walcott that they scored the goals. Overall we behaved like a real, compact, united team.”

Wenger wanted to avoid a repeat of our third-round tie at Preston, which was made significantly tougher by a slow start. This time we were on the front foot from the first whistle.

“Yes, exactly,” said the boss. “I reminded them at half-time as well because what I liked was that we didn’t ease off. We continued to play and that is very enjoyable to watch.”

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