Arsenal star Alexis becomes a 'devil' on the pitch says Wenger

Arsene Wenger is hoping to make a deal with the "devil" after he saw Alexis Sanchez hit a brace against Sunderland to keep alive Arsenal's chances of gatecrashing the Premier League top-four.

Wenger was speaking after Alexis Sanchez's double secured a 2-0 win over Sunderland on Tuesday night at a half-empty Emirates Stadium.

If Liverpool defeat the relegated Middlesbrough on Sunday and City take four points from matches at home to West Bromwich and away to Watford it will be impossible for Arsenal to finish in the top four.

After this victory, Arsenal are knocking on the door of Champions League qualification going into Super Sunday. "I think we have a good chance".

He said: "You never know - but anyway, I answered for 20 years the question, "the top four is nothing special". "I want to absolutely make sure we are in there".

David Moyes was proud of his Sunderland players and dismissed Wenger's comments made on Monday that some Premier League teams had "released their focus" once they had nothing to fight for.

"We have a hard game, let's not forget this first", he added.

Arsenal have endured a turbulent season blighted by confusion over Wenger's future, protests from supporters demanding change and concerns that Sanchez and Ozil may be sold this summer. The player was in full team training yesterday, but it would still be sensible to rest him, though I wouldn't want to be the one to tell the Chilean that he's not allowed to play football.

"We won 71 points last season and finished second".

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech insists ending up in next season's Europa League would not be the end of the world for the Gunners.

Then again, two years later in 2014, after slipping out of the title race once more Wenger roared: "It's vital to me to do it [qualify for the Champions League]".

Wenger believes teams like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are stronger in Europe because they can play at a diminished level domestically, after the Gunners crashed out at the last-16 stage to the German champions. At least we have done our job well to the end. We are a bigger club than all three of them but we are being held back by a greedy owner and a past it manager.

  • Julie Sanders