Match Reports: Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland

We head in to the Sunderland game tomorrow knowing a win at the Emirates would move us back to within one point of Liverpool and keep alive our fading hopes of snatching a top four spot on the last day of the season.

Arsene Wenger hopes Alexis Sanchez will continue proving his worth at Arsenal for the long term after the Chilean global led the Gunners to a 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Tuesday (16 May) by scoring two goals.

Liverpool host already-relegated Middlesbrough on the final while City go to Watford and Arsenal are at home against Everton.

Alexis Sanchez's brace means Arsenal could yet secure a top-four finish by beating Everton at home on Sunday.

Manchester City are fourth on 72 points with two games left, and Liverpool are third on 73 with just one game to play. I still think we just have to give our best to get to 75 points and if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen.

Defending his team's season, he added: "It would be the first time you make 75 points and you're not in the top four".

"You never know. But anyway, I answered for 20 years the question - "the top four is nothing special". I said, 'Why?' and they said it's because I put them under too much pressure.

"Sunderland fought and you want that in the Premier League, that is what you want from every team".

"I don't think about the percentages", Wenger said.

"We have a little bit of a problem with Koscielny but we should have everyone available", Wenger told a news conference today.

The Blues sealed a second title in three years without playing in Europe this term and will finish at least 12 points above Arsenal, who are still battling to qualify for the Champions League themselves.

Meanwhile, Sunderland manager David Moyes believes Wenger's comments on teams "going on holiday" was an insult to football.

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

"It will be frustrating if we don't get in". You do not want to watch any more of the same old same old.

  • Julie Sanders