Arsenal 6-1 Southampton: 5 Reasons Win Proves Gunners Can Be Title Contenders

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Arsenal 6-1 Southampton: 5 Reasons Win Proves Gunners Can Be Title Contenders
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Nine years ago, Southampton traveled to Arsenal—still playing at Highbury then—and lost 1-6.

Saturday was a case of déjà vu for the Saints and a brilliant vindication of Arsene Wenger’s continued faith in his team and methods.

Jos Hooiveld turned in Kieran Gibbs’ cross into his own net to open the floodgates for the Gunners. Lukas Podolski and Gervinho (two) added to Nathaniel Clyne’s own goal while Theo Walcott provided the icing on the cake.

Daniel Fox pulled one back for Southampton before the second half, but Saturday night was all about Arsenal.

Just a couple of weeks ago, in the aftermath of a convincing away win over Liverpool, I suggested how Arsenal could cement a top-four finish this season.

A truly dominant display over Nigel Adkins’ Southampton shows that Arsenal can go one further and challenge for the English Premier League title this season.

Here are five reasons why. As usual, please feel free to have your say in the comments below.

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