Arsenal moved into fourth place in the Premier League table with a 2-0 victory over Southampton at Emirates Stadium.
Alexandre Lacazette turned in Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s shot from six yards out to open the scoring on six minutes before the latter doubled Arsenal’s advantage 11 minutes later.
Following his side’s victory Unai Emery has faced the press.
On the win
We played against them in a difficult moment, with Xhaka at centre back, also the injury to Bellerin. We spoke yesterday and said we had respect for Southampton but thinking about what we wanted today. We wanted three points with our supporters. Maybe that match there could be motivation.
On the threat Southampton posed
They have players who are fast, like Redmond. In the first action they created chances and we needed the goalkeeper. Today I think Leno played well and helped us a lot.
I think Lichtsteiner played his best first half of the season.
On moving into the top four
For us it is positive, but it is not changing our idea. Wednesday is another three important points against Bournemouth here at home. At the moment we can use different players, fresh players with energy and quality. We need to do the mix to reserve some players for the next, because we are going to play a lot of matches.
On whether goal difference could be key in top four race – does he regret not scoring more today?
We created chances. Today we can win with a bigger difference than the two goals. We need to continue to play with this intensity. Keep it for 90 minutes. Lacazette deserved to score more, Auba had two matches when he was on the pitch. But my problem is when we don’t create chances.
Emery on how Arsenal must improve
At home we are feeling strong. The last league game away we won at Huddersfield, but we need to be more consistent.
Emery on his players
Thursday I was very proud of them, it was a difficult match after losing 1-0 in the first leg. Today we decided to make changes. It was important we carried on with our intensity with different players. We now need to be together.
On whether he looks at the results of others in the top four race
Our focus is on our way. We can’t control the result with United, Chelsea or Tottenham. Only when we play against them.
On Iwobi’s injury
I hope it’s only a knock, nothing more important.
I hope he can play Wednesday,
Lichtsteienr has back pain, but I hope he can be OK for Wednesday, Maitland-Niles as well.