Southampton performance proves they can finish in the top four

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Southampton's performance against Arsenal on Wednesday night has proved that Ronald Koeman's side can challenge for a top four place.

The Saints looked comfortable at the Emirates until an injury to Toby Alderweireld saw them face the last ten minutes with ten men.

The space he vacated allowed Arsenal to press and they eventually squeezed home a winner thanks to Alexis Sanchez's 88th minute strike.

However that should not dishearten the Southampton players who can take a lot of positives away from the game.

Confidence in their ability

Their performance away from home will definitely have made a point with the rest of the teams around them in the Premier League.They are not just going to give up the fight after a couple of losses. Moreover they are likely to come out fighting even harder than before.

Koeman has created a tight-knit squad that will put their bodies on the line, whilst maintaining the fluid style of play the Dutchman has introduced.

They refused to change their tactics for the trip to Arsenal and that showed just how confident Koeman is in his team against anybody in the league.

With a couple of clever additions in January, the Saints will believe that a challenge for the top four is not out of the question yet.

Two-horse race

The Premier League title is now a two-horse race it would seem, with Manchester City and Chelsea comfortably a level above every other team in the Premier League.

City swept aside the Saints and then Sunderland in midweek to regain their place in second, hot on the heels of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Chelsea look somewhat unbeatable and although they could only manage a 0-0 draw with Sunderland last weekend, they responded with a 3-0 win over rivals Tottenham to leave them six points clear at the top.

The fight for Champions League

That just leaves two spaces for Champions League qualification, and Southampton are definitely not out of the running.

With Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham also vying for the coveted third and fourth places it will not be easy for the Saints, but it is also not something they should be scared of.

Although they have tasted defeat against Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal this season, they still have the tightest defence in the league.

On Wednesday night, they deserved a point at least from Arsenal, and would have got it had it not been for Alderweireld's injury, and they could have had more if Graziano Pelle had taken his side's best chance early on.

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