Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger believes the dramatic turn of Southampton fighting to stay in the EPL to competing for a continental spot is down to the increasing level of quality in the English top flight.
The South-England club are currently sitting in 3rd spot with 22 points, 3 points adrift of the top after 11 games. The Saints’ manager, Mauricio Pochettino has been a telling factor in the change of fortunes for the club, after taking over from Nigel Adkins in January.
A lot doubted the Saints hierarchy’s decision to appoint the Argentine, at the expense of Adkins, who had guided the club back to the EPL after a seven year absence.
However, Pochettino with a couple of top signings in the summer, has added another dimension to his side’s game emphasising on pressing and attacking football, which has improved the quality of play in the league.
“You have for example a team like Southampton who is close to the top but they have three international players in the England squad. They have Luke Shaw is not far, they have they say [Nathaniel] Clyne is not far. That means maybe the whole Premier League has gone up. I don’t think necessarily players like [Robin] Van Persie are not as good as last season or two seasons ago. It’s just the whole quality has gone up.”
The Gunners host Southampton after the International break looking to bounce back from Sunday’s 1-0 set-back at Manchester United.