Arsenal 2 Sunderland 0: Sanchez keeps top-four hopes alive

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger talks to Alexis Sanchez during a break in the play during the English Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in London, Tuesday. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation.

Arsenal must win their two remaining games and rely on third-placed Liverpool or fourth-placed Manchester City slipping up.

Arsenal upped things slightly in the second half and they eventually made it count on 72 minutes.

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

Arsene Wenger has hailed Alexis Sanchez as a "special player" after the Chilean became the first player this season to reach double figures for both goals and assists.

The Gunners play their second last Premier league game of the season tonight against already relegated Sunderland.

Wenger has suggested his side's chances of securing Champions League qualification may have been damaged as a result of clubs outside the top six of not giving their best towards the end of the season.

"With him, I feel he had something still left, but once he's on the pitch and gets the ball, he always becomes a devil and forgets his pain", Wenger said in the press conference after revealing that he only made a decision to play the Chilean at 4pm on Tuesday (16 May).

"I never saw one player in my life go on to the pitch and not try to win the game". I thought we passed the ball well when we got it, and the players played like they have played for eight or nine weeks.

"We set out to stop them and contain them and I thought for long periods we did that".

Wenger said: "We've got in on the final day many times". We have Petr Cech, [David] Ospina, we have Wojciech Szczesny who is only on loan at Roma and has had an exceptional season.

"I believe if we finish outside the top four it will not have any influence how the club will be led and behave in the transfer market", Wenger said in his press conference on Monday ahead of the EPL clash with Sunderland on Tuesday.

  • Julie Sanders