Wenger tells fans to reject call to boycott Sunderland game

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

Wenger was speaking after Alexis Sanchez's double secured a 2-0 win over Sunderland on Tuesday night at a half-empty Emirates Stadium. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation.

Wenger will be hoping Middlesbrough - who face Liverpool on Sunday with nothing to play for after being relegated - and City's remaining opponents, West Brom and Watford, can do Arsenal a favour by picking up results.

Coming into the game, Arsenal are only three points behind Manchester City.

Responding to Wenger's outburst, Winterburn told talkSPORT the Frenchman could simply be trying to divert attention away from his own club's failings this season. What is for sure, if we win our game, we can only be far from one point. "We want to keep him with us because we know he is so important for our team". "After that you deal with what happens".

Wenger added: "We had plenty of shots on goal, but we needed to be patient". "I believe finishing outside the top four will not have any influence on the way the club will be led and how we will behave on the transfer market", he said. "Sunderland fought and you want that in the Premier League - that's what you want from every team". "When you play football, you do not count how many people are sitting in the stand".

In the penultimate game of the Premier League season, Arsenal welcome Sunderland to the Emirates Stadium for a midweek showdown.

"They've done well but in the last two seasons, with Leicester and Chelsea, the team that won the league hasn't played in Europe".

"We are in third position so it's in our hands", Guardiola, who will finish a season trophy-less as manager for the first time, said.

"I think nobody questions his desire and quality. By doing this, we can send a message to Stan Kroenke and Arsene Wenger that Arsenal should be doing so much better".

A statement on onlinegooner.com asked fans not to turn up for the mid-week game against the Sunderland: "We are calling on fans that feel the same way to boycott tomorrow evening's match".

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