Sanchez keeps Arsenal's Champions League hopes alive

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2017

Liverpool's victory against West Ham United on Sunday means Arsenal's fate remains out of their hands.

I felt we had a hard week because we had to play Manchester United, go to Southampton and then Stoke, places where traditionally we have struggled, but it shows when confidence is high and the team is focused, it is possible. "Even if you have only one per cent chance, you would have to play totally at 100 per cent but I think we have a good chance". "I still think we just have to give our best to get to 75 points, and if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen".

Wenger has never finished outside of the top four in a full season at helm since his appointment in 1996.

Having battled through injury to provide Arsenal's decisive third in Saturday's 4-1 win, Sanchez was similarly influential on home soil with Wenger revealing he had still been carrying the after-effects of the injury throughout Tuesday evening.

Wenger, however, chose to play him and the former Barcelona star netted a brace to keep alive Arsenal's slim hopes of finishing in the top four.

"I answer for 20 years the question, is top four nothing special". I am quite surprised.

"We won 71 points last season and finished second".

But when asked whether he was concerned by the visible empty seats, Wenger said: "No, it's Tuesday night against Sunderland". At least we have done our job well to the end.

"They play the way they want to play, so if teams of Tony Pulis want to play that way, perfect".

— By beating Everton if City loses at Watford while Arsenal's goal difference deficit of five behind City is overturned.

"At Man City as well we were really unlucky with some decisions".

Koscielny, who played 90 minutes against Stoke, has suffered a recurrence of the calf problem that forced him to sit out the win against Southampton last week but Wenger is confident the Frenchman should be fit to face Sunderland.

"I think overall at the start he was, as a player, mainly focused on scoring goals and he developed his assist potential with us very well", Wenger said. "Once he gets the ball on the pitch he becomes a devil and forgets the pain".

"He has become a top class player here". And has not wasted his time here.

"That's why last time I was injured but now it is okay with this".

Meanwhile, Sunderland manager David Moyes took umbrage at Wenger's suggestion this week that Arsenal's top four rivals benefited from playing teams with their minds on their holidays.

"We had a hard period and we have recovered from it".

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