TALKING POINT: Have Southampton quietly become the best defence in the league?
Southampton came into Tuesday’s match at the Emirates on the back of three wins against Manchester United, West Brom and Watford, and three clean sheets.
And the Saints’ central defensive pair of Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk again looked comfortable, even against the considerable attacking threat of Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Fonte has the physical presence you’d expect from a big centre-half, while van Dijk is an excellent reader of the game who can stop attacks at source through his superior positional sense.
And on the rare occasions teams get past that pair, Southampton have the excellent Forster in goal to mop up any mess.