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Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud scored to lead Arsenal to a 2-0 victory over Southampton in the English Premier League (EPL) that puts the Gunners within three points of fourth-place Manchester City and within sniffing distance of Liverpool.

After a dull first half at St. Mary's Stadium on Wednesday, Sanchez received the ball in the area from Mesut Özil and blasted the ball past Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster to put Arsenal 1-0 up in the 55th minute. The Chilean international became the first Arsenal player to score 20 EPL goals in one season since Robin van Persië posted 30 goals in 2011-12.

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A brace from Swedish Super striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic powered Manchester United to a thrilling win in the English Football League Cup Final, defeating an unfortunate Southampton side, 3-2 at Wembley.

Southampton had the ball in the back of the net with Manolo Gabbiadini converting from Cedric Soares' pass after Ryan Bertrand had run Antonio Valencia ragged down the right. Unfortunately for the Saints, the Assistant Referee made a very poor decision, flagging the Italian striker offside, even though he was behind Chris Smalling when the ball came in from the right.

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Having already been knocked out of one Cup competition by Southampton this season, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger is well aware of the threat the Saints possess, especially on home turf.

Add to that the fact that Southampton are very much on a high at the moment, having just stunned Liverpool to reach the Final of the League Cup, and Wenger knows Arsenal will need to be at their very best if they are to advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup this season.

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West Ham United have announced the signing of veteran Portuguese defender Jose Fonte from their English football league rival Southampton on a two-and-a-half-year contract for a fee of eight million pounds ($9.9 million).

"I signed for West Ham because they are a great club and a very big club. They have a lot of fans and I have known for a number of years how passionate they are," the 33-year-old Euro 2016 winner with Portugal told West Ham's website on Friday night.

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Southampton will hope that they are not left to rue missed opportunities as the Saints will take a narrow 1-0 lead back with them to Anfield in their League Cup semi-final second leg. Southampton won the first leg at the St. Mary's Stadium thanks to Nathan Redmond's 20th minute goal, but really should be out of sight in this tie after having had chances galore to put the tie to bed against a Liverpool side that just didn't turn up.

Both teams made changes galore to the sides that took to the field in the FA Cup tie at the weekend, but it was Southampton that looked the more settled as the game wore on, despite been on a terrible recent run of results.

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Everton will hope to this week wrap up a deal for French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, after having finally come to an agreement with Manchester United over the transfer fee for the 27 year old, believed to be £22 million.

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho confirmed the player's proposed departure in an interview yesterday following the 2-0 win over Hull City in the League Cup semi-final first leg at Old Trafford.

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Southampton Captain and a key Manchester United transfer target, Jose Fonte, has handed in a formal transfer request his club revealed yesterday.

The 33 year old Portuguese centre back has been yearning for a move ever since guiding his national team to victory at the European Championships, and was widely tipped to join Manchester United in the summer too.

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