Arsenal fighting to stave off Champions League 'disappointment'

Paola Ditto
Mag 17, 2017

He told Sky Sports: "It is a hard situation when you don't know what is happening with the boss but you are professional".

"I thought the team showed great character, we set up to try and make it difficult for Arsenal and for long periods we did do but not only that but we created opportunities and the players worked really hard", he added.

Arsenal were third in the table after 19 league games but have since won just nine out of 17 matches to fall to fifth, on course to lose out on a Champions League spot for the first time in 20 years under Wenger.

The Germany World Cup victor is slowly adapting to his new role and put in a brilliant display during Tuesday's 2-0 win over Sunderland during which he assisted Alexis Sanchez's opener and set a Premier League record for chances created (12) in a single match.

"Now, every day I do this and it is OK but sometimes with all the games we play every three days, it is hard and I need to have a rest to recover well for my Achilles". I know now I need to do this every day to be fit for my team.

Arsenal piled further late season misery on the Black Cats with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates on Wednesday morning, thanks to two second half goals from Alexis Sanchez.

"It is a hard situation, we don't know what happens with the boss", he said. "We have 69 points, we can get to 75", said Wenger.

"By doing this, we can send a message to Stan Kroenke (Arsenal's US-based owner) and Arsene Wenger that Arsenal should be doing so much better". We need to fight for this club and don't think about what is happening with the boss or the players. It is very important for Arsenal to be with the best teams in the world.

Wenger remains under pressure to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season, with a growing number of supporters protesting against the Frenchman signing a new deal. I think I play in my eighth cup final.

"Apart from the League Cup, where we play always the younger players to give them a chance to develop, we take all the other competition seriously". Would Kolasinac do that?

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