Arsene Wenger delivers explosive verdict on Arsenal’s 5-0 win at Southampton

The Arsenal manager was pleased with his side's dynamic performance

Arsene Wenger has hailed Arsenal’s “explosive” performance in their 5-0 win against Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Gunners were looking to progress in the cup against a Southampton side buoyed by their 2-0 aggregate win against Liverpool in the FA Cup mid-week.

Arsenal broke the deadlock in the first half thanks to Danny Welbeck’s first goal since returning from injury before the England striker doubled the away side’s lead seven minutes later.

The Gunners romped into the fifth round thanks to Theo Walcott’s hat-trick which sealed a 5-0 win against the Saints as Arsenal warmed up for their Premier League clash against Watford at The Emirates on Tuesday night.

Speaking to BT Sport after Arsenal’s 5-0 win against Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round, Wenger said:

“We were very dynamic, explosive and overall we had a good consistent performance over 90 minutes and everybody played well.

“Welbeck has been out for such a long time, I didn’t expect him to score straight away and it shows the desire is there.

“People say I make changes but I bring in Walcott, Welbeck and (Lucas) Perez, all top quality players. After that I try to find the best balance for the team.”

Arsenal are in second place in the Premier League table and eight points adrift of current leaders Chelsea.

The Gunners will make the short trip to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.

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