Arsenal players keen on Sanchez stay, says Koscielny

Arsenal kept their Premier League top-four hopes alive heading into the final day of the season thanks to a 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Wednesday night.

The win, which would have been far more comprehensive if not for the heroics of Pickford, sees Arsene Wenger's side go a point behind fourth place Liverpool, with a Champions League spot still possible.

City face Watford away in Sunday's final round of fixtures with Arsenal at home to Everton and Liverpool taking on already-relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield.

Arsenal are going to need every bit of luck if they're to crack the top four this season.

Sanchez struck twice in the final 17 minutes against the Black Cats as the Gunners overcame a frustrating evening in front of a sparsely-populated Emirates Stadium.

The breakthrough would eventually come on 72 minutes, with the outstanding Mesut Ozil setting up Alexis Sanchez after a superb initial pass from Granit Xhaka. We made 71 points and were second.

"After, we had to go straight to Man City and it didn't help. After that you deal with what happens", Wenger told BBC Sport.

"Firstly, he scored a lot of goals for us but his first job is not to be a striker, it is more midfield but he is an unbelievable player".

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.

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".

"We had a hard patch after the Bayern [Munich] game because it was hard to recover".

City look nearly certain to achieve the bare minimum of a top-four place and could only finish below Arsenal if they lost at Watford, Arsenal won and there was a five-goal swing, with Wenger's side scoring more than City on the day.

After the win, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said, "It is in our hands to finish third so it is the best thing".

  • Julie Sanders