Arsenal keeps Champions League qualification hopes alive

  • Arsenal keeps Champions League qualification hopes alive

Arsenal keeps Champions League qualification hopes alive

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Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal still have a "good chance" of a top-four finish, after watching Alexis Sánchez inspire a nervy 2-0 home win over a Sunderland team that fought throughout, despite the fact they were already relegated.

Wenger's comments come as Arsenal could finish the campaign with more points than last season - when they were second - and still miss out on a Champions League spot.

For Arsenal to avoid missing out on the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, they must beat Everton at home on Sunday, while hoping for a slip from either Liverpool or City. "We want to keep him with us because we know he is so important for our team".

'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.

"At the end of the day, if we make 75 points we can only be beaten by one point".

Centre-back Laurent Koscielny also has "a little problem" with his calf after the Stoke City match, Wenger said, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Arsene Wenger has hailed Alexis Sanchez's desire after he played through the pain barrier to help Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-0 at Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger says his club's often turbulent season has not been flawless, but is far from a disaster.

Asked if the turning point were the defeats to Manchester City and Everton, Wenger replied: 'Yes, I would say yes. It would be one of our best in the last 10 years. "It would be the first time you make 75 points and you're not in the top four".

"Apart from the League Cup, where we play always the younger players to give them a chance to develop, we take all the other competitions seriously", he said.

Arsenal fans should expect nothing less than a win against Sunderland. I didn't count the number of people who were in the seats. We do our job and we have done that tonight.

"I think when you are brought up in this country you are brought up to show that every game matters and whatever team you support, you play for the jersey".

The simple truth is that Wenger can only now reinvigorate most Arsenal fans by competing seriously to lift either the Premier League or Champions League.

"We just have to win our games now".