Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side's thrashing of Southampton offered promising signs
Last Updated: September 16, 2012 11:04am
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could not fault the quality in his side after they smashed Southampton 6-1 on Saturday.
Two own goals from the visitors at Emirates Stadium added to the Gunners' haul on an afternoon which saw Gervinho grab a brace for the hosts.
Lukas Podolski and substitute Theo Walcott were also on target and Wenger was delighted with the result, which leaves his side still unbeaten in the Premier League this season.
He told Sky Sports: "I'm very pleased. We had a first half of a very high level and combined very well at a high pace, looking always dangerous.
"Overall I think our first half was top quality.
"We moved the ball at a very high pace and we have many players who can do that.
"We had a good combination of running pace and passing pace and that maybe gave problems to the Southampton team.
"The team performance was outstanding and there was a promising attitude and quality in our game today."
Wenger admits the way in which Arsenal conceded Southampton's only goal was a low point in an otherwise impressive display, with an error from goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny allowing Danny Fox to lash home.
The manager added: "(It was) disappointing, especially the way we conceded it.
"We know we concede goals at some stage but we don't want it to be the way we did it."
Summer signing Olivier Giroud, who came off the bench with 15 minutes remaining, is yet to open his Gunners account but Wenger is confident the striker will find his scoring touch in time.
"A goal for Giroud is missing yes, but it will come," he said.
Arsenal travel to Montpellier in their opening UEFA Champions League group game on Tuesday and Wenger was pleased they did not have to work too hard for a win ahead of that clash.
He added: "The fact that we didn't absolutely have to dig deep is important."