Arsenal keeps Champions League qualification hopes alive
- Author: Julie Sanders May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 3:17
With only two games left in the 2016-17 Premier League season, Arsenal's chances of a Top Four finish are dwindling down to nothing!
City's superior goal difference means it will be hard for Wenger's team to catch the Manchester club even if they lose on the last day of the campaign. They did still create and waste a fair few chances, Rob Holding's miss on the stroke of half-time a particular oversight, but in the main, it was not hard to Sunderland to keep them at bay.
It could have been even worse for the Gunners on a frustrating night at a sparsely-populated Emirates.
Arsenal were always dominant but spurned their opportunities before Sanchez turned in a Mesut Ozil cross from close range in the 72nd minute.
The away side have been at the bottom for most of the season, losing 24 of their 36 matches, winning just six.
Alexis Sanchez's brace means Arsenal could yet secure a top-four finish by beating Everton at home on Sunday.
Toure then put the game beyond doubt with the third early in the second half and though Hal Robson-Kanu pulled one back late on, West Brom were well beaten.
"After, we had to go straight to Man City and it didn't help".
Wenger said: "We've got in on the final day many times".
"You want all the teams to fight like Sunderland did tonight".
Wenger was again asked about his future.
When pressed about whether he'll be staying on as manager, Wenger remained evasive: "At the moment let's focus".
Earlier this week, in response to West Ham's performance during their 4-0 defeat to top-four rivals Liverpool, Wenger claimed that "some teams turn up, some go on holiday", but Moyes insists that is doing a disservice to clubs.
Toure made the points safe before Pablo Zabaleta, playing his last game at the Etihad after nine years with the club, came on to a huge ovation from the home faithful.
Wenger's gamble paid off as Sanchez scored twice after the break to keep Arsenal's slim top-four hopes alive and the Gunners boss had nothing but praise for his star attacker after the final whistle.