Ronald Koeman says Southampton produced a “perfect performance” to beat Arsenal 4-0 at St Mary’s.
A brace from Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long and a stunner from Cuco Martina inspired Saints to their first win in seven matches, much to the delight of Koeman.
“It was a fantastic performance against a good Arsenal team – that’s a big complement to the players.We caused them lots of problems up front through Mane and Long. Perfect performance today,” he told BT Sport.
“Normally I keep criticism of my players inside but sometimes people need to know what the manager is thinking. We showed fantastic belief in everybody and showed how good we are today if we play at our level.
“The second half was far better than the first, some good goals and maybe more chances to score more.”
The victory eases any worries Southampton could be dragged into a relegation battle.
Koeman’s side are now 12th in the Premier League, seven points above the bottom three.