Sep 23, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Arsenal
1-2
Southampton
Sanchez (14')
Rosicky (88'), Wilshere (92')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Tadic (20' pen.), Clyne (40')
Wanyama (26'), Forster (92'), Pelle (93')

Arsene Wenger: 'Southampton could have won Premier League'

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger waits for the begining of the UEFA Champions League play-off football match Besiktas vs Arsenal at Ataturk Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2014
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that Southampton could have challenged for the Premier League if they still had the talented youngsters that came through their ranks.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that Southampton could have won the Premier League title if they had kept hold of the talented youngsters that came through their ranks.

There was an exodus of key players from the South Coast club last season including Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw, following in the footsteps of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Wenger has praised new Saints boss Ronald Koeman, who has guided his side to second place in the Premier League ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup clash against the Gunners.

"I think if you look at the talents they have sold over the years, they could have been contenders to win the Premier League because they lost Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Bale plus all the players they lost last season, plus all the players they still have," Wenger told reporters.

"They have done a fantastic job at Southampton, they deserve a lot of credit.

"They are miracle-workers at Southampton and you must say everybody expected them to collapse, they lost the spine of their team, they lost their manager and they bounced back in a such a way."

Koeman replaced Mauricio Pochettino, who joined Tottenham Hotspur during the summer.

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger gestures during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 15, 2014
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