Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Arsenal 2 Sunderland 0: Alexis Sanchez Keeps Top-Four Hopes Alive


The Germany World Cup victor is slowly adapting to his new role and put in a brilliant display during Tuesday's 2-0 win over Sunderland during which he assisted Alexis Sanchez's opener and set a Premier League record for chances created (12) in a single match.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, right, fails to score during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in London, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Arsenal have just three games left before their season ends - two in the Premier League against Sunderland and Everton and an FA Cup final showdown with newly-crowned champions Chelsea.

However, the Frenchman refuses to throw in the towel ahead of their clash with Everton on Sunday.

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

For example, speaking at Arsenal's Annual General Meeting in 2012, Wenger said: "For me, there are five trophies".

"We want to get in there, let's give ourselves every chance", he said.

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"We had a hard week playing Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday".

Arsene Wenger says his club's often turbulent season has not been flawless, but is far from a disaster.

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Swathes of empty red seats at a hushed Emirates Stadium illustrated the apathy of some Gunners fans, the subdued atmosphere compounded by Arsenal failing to make their early dominance count.

"They play the way they want to play, so if teams of Tony Pulis want to play that way, perfect". You need to be careful with this because if you stop doing your own exercise programme for one or two weeks, the problem will come back.

"He's become a complete player and has developed very well here at Arsenal Football Club". I think we have a chance.

Meanwhile, Sunderland manager David Moyes took umbrage at Wenger's suggestion this week that Arsenal's top-four rivals benefited from playing teams with their minds on their holidays.

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