Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed summer signing Alexis Sanchez following his late winner against Southampton on Wednesday night.
The Chilean secured all three points for the Gunners with an 89th-minute strike - his 14th goal since completing his £35 million move to the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona in the summer.
Already a firm favourite in the eyes of the Arsenal supporters, Sanchez earned the plaudits from his delighted manager after the match.
Wenger: Sanchez is fabulous
“He was one of the players who had to dig in today but he still has such a desire to fight, which is why he always finds something special to get the goal,” the French coach said in his post-match press conference. “It’s difficult to find examples of people who have settled so quickly. My memory is not perfect but quicker, you cannot.
“We are in December and he arrived in July - when you look at the number of goals and the impact he has on the team, it’s fabulous.”
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Sanchez has scored nine of Arsenal’s 22 Premier League goals this season - but his late strike against the Saints may have been his most important so far.
That goal lifted Arsenal above Swansea up to sixth place in the Premier League table, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
It was Arsenal’s third win on the bounce - a run of results which helps alleviate the pressure on Wenger’s shoulders to some extent. The Gunners now prepare for their away match against Stoke City this weekend, before Tuesday night’s Champions League clash against Galatasaray.
Wenger: Arsenal deserved win
Wenger believes Arsenal were good value for their victory over Southampton, despite the fact it took them almost 90 minutes to finally break the deadlock.
“I think we deserved it, yes, because we have very few chances away and we had more chances than Southampton,” he continued. “We kept a clean sheet as well.”
And the Gunners’ boss also reserved some praise for centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who played a pivotal role in preventing Ronald Koeman’s men from scoring.
“Laurent Koscielny was absolutely outstanding today and he contributes to stabilise our defence,” Wenger added. “We missed him for nearly two months and it’s important.”
And when asked whether Southampton could maintain their tremendous early-season form, despite losing to Arsenal and Manchester City in the space of four days, Wenger responded: “Don’t bury them too quickly.
“They are a good side and they played very well. Up front they are quick to come out when they win it, they are always first on the ball and they play in a very intelligent way. You always feel they are a threat.”