Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Olivier Giroud brace boosts Arsenal's Champions League ambitions

Olivier Giroud brace boosts Arsenal's Champions League ambitions

Of Arsenal's performance at the bet365 Stadium, he said: "We were efficient up front and defensively were compact and defended well from the front".

A plane flew over the ground early on with a banner displaying the message "WENGER - OUT MEANS OUT!' There was also a sign that said 'WENGER OUT" held up in the away section pre-match - perhaps unsurprisingly, there was little evidence of it thereafter.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has been on the losing side eight times in 26 matches in all competitions against Mark Hughes - the only manager he's lost more against is Sir Alex Ferguson (22).

"All I can do is my best". We have 69 points today, on Tuesday will look to make it 72.

"I want to focus on football". I am not in politics. All the rest is, for me, less important. "Some agree with me and some not, but I have no special opinion on that".

Liverpool on the other hand, face their first trip to the London Stadium on Sunday, before hosting already relegated Middlesbrough on the final day of the season. "It would be typical of Arsenal to end a hard league season with some good results, and I think Danny Welbeck will play a key part for them, because he is looking stronger with every game he plays after coming back from injury".

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Shifting to a three-man defence for the first time in a two-decade spell as Arsenal's previously all-knowing and all-powerful boss saw his current track record extended to five wins from the previous six games.

Arsenal went 2-0 up via Olivier Giroud's finish in the 42nd minute and Mesut Ozil's in the 55th.

Stoke have won their last Premier League home game of the season in each of the last three campaigns, scoring 12 goals and conceding three.

There was a lot of controversy about the next goal as Stoke pulled one back via a Peter Crouch header but replays showed he handled the ball in to the net. I like to be on the ball and playing it forward. "It's a good opportunity to show your character, how you come back and how you recover from that... but let's not jump too quickly to conclusions and, instead, focus and give everything at Stoke on Saturday". "And we kept a clean sheet again". We expect the teams to play with commitment'. We knew it was going to be a tough game.

After finding a bit of momentum as of late, Arsenal's UCL hopes would be greatly boosted by three points, while anything short of that likely sees their chances of qualifying end. "It shows how close we all are and it has been a unusual season".

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