Arsene Wenger praises devilish Alexis Sanchez after brace against Sunderland

Paola Ditto
Mag 19, 2017

The race for the final two tickets to next season's Champions League will go to the wire after Arsenal retained their slim hopes of finishing in the Premier League's top four thanks to a late burst from Alexis Sanchez against Sunderland on Tuesday.

Arsenal must now rely on either Middlesbrough or West Ham to thwart Liverpool and Manchester City respectively to have any hope of qualifying for the Champions League, but the Frenchman does not believe his side need a minor miracle.

Alexis Sanchez's brace means Arsenal could yet secure a top-four finish by beating Everton at home on Sunday.

The Gunners' sixth victory in their last seven games leaves them in fifth place, one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool and three adrift of third-placed Manchester City.

'We have gone through a hard period away from home, because I think at home if you look at our record it's quite good.

"But anyway, I answered for 20 years the question, "the top four is nothing special".

Wenger played down the fans" no-show, saying: "No, I wasn't surprised.

"We have 72 points now and we have to focus to get to 75".

"You want every team to fight like Sunderland did tonight, and after you have to accept the result". "We play because we want to win and we enjoy playing football".

David Moyes' Sunderland fell further back as the match progressed, clearly happy with the draw and it seemed as the Arsenal supporters groups that had boycotted the game would be vindicated.

News of City's goals against West Brom went down like a lead balloon at half-time and Nacho Monreal nearly deepened Arsenal's gloom with a comically miscued backpass that had Cech scrambling to keep it out. "We want to keep him with us because we know he is so important for our team".

'We won more games than last year because we already have one point more than last year, ' he said. "I'd hate anyone questioning whether we would chuck a game", Moyes said.

After a goalless first half, Sanchez hit the net twice within nine minutes, in the second half, scoring the first goal in the 72nd minute, following a cross by Granit Xhaka and a pass by Mesut Ozil.

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