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

We need favour from Middlesbrough, Watford to finish in top four - Wenger

We need favour from Middlesbrough, Watford to finish in top four - Wenger

A late brace from top scorer Alexis Sanchez saw the Gunners overcome a stubborn Black Cats side at The Emirates and leaves them a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool with a game to go, while Man City are three points clear in third but have a better goal difference.

Arsenal must win their final game at home to Everton on Sunday and hope Liverpool slip up at home to relegated Middlesbrough if they are to guarantee a 20th successive season of Champions League football. "We want to keep him with us because we know he is so important for our team". "Let's give ourselves every chance". I think we have a chance. We can talk and talk, but at the end let's make 75 points.

Some would consider it a miracle if Arsenal manage to maintain their streak of always finishing in the top four under Wenger.

Wenger's own position still remains a mystery as he has yet to announce if he will sign a new deal to remain at the club beyond the FA Cup final meeting with Chelsea on Saturday week. "So I don't know why suddenly it could become such a big problem", he said.

"We made 71 points (last season) and were second".

When asked if it was a straight fight between Arsenal and Liverpool, Wenger said: "Yes, of course".

"No, it's Tuesday night against Sunderland, everyone expects us to win", he said. "I didn't count the number of empty seats". We do our job, we have shown that again.

If Arsenal do miss out on the Champions League, Wenger has already pin-pointed the cause: a series of damaging away defeats.

"The fans had waited so long and we did it in a City way". I thought we passed the ball well when we got it, and the players played like they have played for eight or nine weeks. "He has become a top-class player". He has not wasted his time.

It has been a miserable season for David Moyes and the club, but the Scot could not fault his players' effort at the Emirates.

"That's an insult to footballers". "I've been a player myself and I would hate anybody questioning me, saying I wasn't going to be playing and was going to chuck it". And I think Ozil has to stay.

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