Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Arsenal attacker Alexis blasts Wenger protests: He built this stadium!

Arsenal attacker Alexis blasts Wenger protests: He built this stadium!

"Sunderland fought and you want that in the Premier League - that's what you want from every team".

Arsenal won 4-1 away to Stoke City on Saturday but they are now waiting on the fitness of Laurent Koscielny (calf) and Alexis Sanchez (thigh) ahead of the match against bottom-of-the-table Sunderland.

The Chilean, who has little more than a year left on his deal, confirmed his future will be decided in the summer and that Arsenal's transfer activity may have little bearing on his decision as it is "normal" for clubs to strengthen in the summer.

"We can talk and talk, but at the end let's make 75 points".

However, creeping past an already-relegated side is unlikely to appease the unhappy Arsenal fans who believe Wenger is not the man to take them forward.

The Gunners still have the faintest hope of salvaging something from this season, with a top four place still mathematically possible heading into the final day of the Premier League season, though the situation is out of their hands.

Arsene Wenger's side were struggling to see off relegated Sunderland until Sanchez came to the rescue with two goals deep into the second half at the Emirates Stadium.

The 28-year-old has struck 23 times in 37 appearances in the Premier League this season, while he also notched up three goals in eight appearances during the Gunners' Champions League campaign. We have to wait until the end of the season.

In reality, the fifth-placed Gunners need a miracle to qualify for the Champions League for a 20th successive season. And we will see at the end.

"I know people get the hump with Ozil and he is not a runner-arounder, but the lad can play and he is a lot better than what they have got".

"Now, every day I do this and it is okay 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 don't know whether it would be successful or not, but I think it would be positive to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final", he added.

"I didn't decide to play him until four in the afternoon today", Wenger said.

But Wenger, who yet again refused to comment on his Arsenal future, said Monday: "My message is always the same, it is to support the team".

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