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Arsenal set to land Virgil van Dijk

Transfer news: The latest rumours from Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and all the top teams

 Arsenal are preparing a £45 million bid for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to report.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to keep improving his squad ahead of the new season, and is also targeting Celtic striker Moussa Dembele to replace Alexis Sanchez.

But report said Virgil van Dijk could still end up at Liverpool after making clear he only wants a move to Anfield, .

The Dutchman’s chances of joining Liverpool seemed to end a month ago when the Reds apologised for improper conduct in their pursuit of the player, but Van Dijk could now hand in a transfer request to help facilitate a £60 million move.

 

Southampton 0 Arsenal 2, gunners dreams top four finish

Alexis Sanchez celebrates fine goal for Arsenal against Southampton

Alexis Sanchez scored on his 100th Premier League appearance before Olivier Giroud sealed a 2-0 win at Southampton that takes Arsenal fifth.

Alexis Sanchez reached 20 league goals in a season for the first time as he inspired Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Southampton that narrows the gap to the Premier League’s top four.

A home win over Jose Mourinho’s depleted Manchester United on Sunday meant Arsenal could cut the gap to fourth-placed Manchester City to three points with victory at St Mary’s Stadium, but they never looked likely in a second-rate first half.

Sanchez and Mesut Ozil had been guilty for letting the air out of numerous attacks for Arsene Wenger’s side, but the duo combined sublimely to puncture the Saints’ back line on the hour.

Making his 100th Premier League appearance, Sanchez celebrated his fine strike by tapping the badge on his chest in front of the travelling fans as his, and Ozil’s, futures remain shrouded in doubt as their contracts wind down.

Sanchez was again involved as Olivier Giroud emerged from the bench to make the points safe and take Arsenal fifth in the table.

Arsenal face games against Stoke City, relegated Sunderland and Everton in their bid to sneak Champions League qualification for the 20th season in succession, and interventions as divine as Sanchez’s in this game will be crucial.

There had been little sign of Arsenal trying to chase down the top four as the game began in soporific manner, devoid of any intensity at either end, and it was Saints who had the best chances when a contest finally broke out around the half-hour mark.

Shkodran Mustafi’s tackle on Dusan Tadic presented Manolo Gabbiadini with a one-on-one chance, but Petr Cech narrowed the angles well and the Gunners’ slackness was surmised when Danny Welbeck’s excellent flick found Ozil but the German rejected a physical battle with Jack Stephens and the chance dissipated.

Hector Bellerin was summoned from the bench after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain limped off, but Arsenal remained half-paced and Gabbiadini curled a free-kick wide before Nathan Redmond’s arrowing 30-yarder was clawed out of the top corner by Cech.

Sanchez was anonymous in the first half and was guilty of passing straight to Saints players to kill two chances shortly after the interval, but the Chilean’s next involvement was breathtaking.

Ozil too came to the party with an incisive first-time pass to dissect the Saints backline and find Sanchez, who sat Maya Yoshida and Stephens down with a juddering turn before beating the onrushing Fraser Forster.

Forster was sharp to keep out Granit Xhaka’s deflected thunderclap of a shot and the goal clearly sent jolts of confidence through the visitors as they controlled possession and stifled Saints’ attacking chances.

And the late-season hunt of the top four was set in motion when Sanchez picked out Ramsey and his cross was nodded home by an unmarked Giroud.

Up Man U! What you missed as Zlatan goal seal title for Man U against Southampton

Man uSweden football star,  Zlatan Ibrahimovic has clinched the EFL Cup trophy for Manchester United with a late goal against Southampton.

The Red Devils won the EFL Cup after Zlatan’s late header gave United a 3-2 win against Southampton at Wembley.

It looked as if the game was heading towards extra time until the 35-year-old Ibrahimovic scored in the 87th minute.

The retired Swedish international followed up his earlier free-kick with his 26th goal so far during the 2016/17 season.

Southampton were the better side throughout the final match but they will look back on two refereeing decisions.

The first of those decisions came when the referee wrongly disallowed an early goal from striker, Manolo Gabbiadini.

Furthermore, United winger, Jesse Lingard avoided getting a second yellow card early in the second half of the game.

Southampton had gone over two weeks without a game ahead of the EFL Cup final against United.

And while the Saints started the match much brighter than United, they lost concentration in the fourth minute.

This allowed Paul Pogba to strike on goal from 25 yards but his shot was straight at goalkeeper, Fraser Forster.

However, the Saints should have been ahead in the 11th minute when Gabbiadini converted a cross into the net.

However, the assistant referee flagged Southampton left full-back, Ryan Bertrand who was standing at the back of Gabbiadini offside.

Southampton remained on the ascendancy but in the 19th minute, United took the lead against the run of play.

That was after the prolific Ibrahimovic curled a free kick into the corner from 25 yards.

Despite the setback, Southampton remained on top of the situation and shot-stopper, David de Gea twice had to make saves.

United stayed dangerous on the break and they doubled their advantage when the Southampton defence slept off.

Lingard was able to slot the ball into the bottom corner of the net from 16 yards.

Frustration was starting to get the better of Southampton but in the 45th minute, they halved the deficit.

That was when Gabbiadini scored from close range after connecting with a low cross.

Moments after the game restarted, De Gea made another fine save but from the resulting corner, Southampton got their equalizer.

After United failed to defend the set piece well, the ball fell perfectly to Gabbiadini who volleyed into the net.

It was a lovely goal from the January recruit who took his overall to five goals in three matches.

Chances became few and far between as the second half went on but Lingard should have scored his second goal.

That was when the England international sliced his volley over the crossbar instead of actually scoring.

A perfect cross from Ander Herrera then found Ibrahimovic who made no mistake in powering a sweet header past Forster.

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