Arsenal keeps Champions League qualification hopes alive

Solenn Plantier
Mai 19, 2017

But Wenger said it didn't affect his players either. "It would be the first time you make 75 points and you are not in the top four".

In the other Tuesday game, Nigeria's Kelechi Iheanacho was not in the match day squad for his Manchester City team.

The Chile forward scored twice last night, despite initially being a fitness doubt, to help beat Sunderland and keep the pressure on Liverpool and Manchester City. If we make 75 points, we can only be beaten by one point.

Guardiola said Wenger had little to complain about, with his side facing already-relegated Sunderland and Everton, who can not move from seventh, in their final two league games.

From the Arsenal side the collective disaster of missing the top four doesn't look as likely as it did a few weeks ago. "One is relegated and one is in the Europa League, so it's the same situation", the Spaniard said.

The Gunners dominated for large periods of the game, but struggled to get past the outstanding Jordan Pickford in the Sunderland goal.

After a 2-0 loss at rivals Tottenham Hotspur last month, Arsenal looked dead and buried in pursuit of a 21st successive Champions League qualification but the Gunners have climbed to within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool. I think he believes his team are good enough to be at least in the top four and challenging for the title.

Pickford saved from Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Alex Iwobi before the Chilean made the game safe, nodding in his 28th of the season after the goalkeeper had denied Giroud.

Wenger lamented that the lower-table teams who are safe from relegation have often failed to challenge the top-six sides - comments that come after West Ham suffered a 4-0 loss against Liverpool on Sunday. "We didn't play well on Saturday, we know that but I think you can see Sunderland had a go, tried to score at times but we were outclassed by a better football team". In the games like that when you go to Stoke you need at some stage to suffer, to stick together and that's what we did. "When you are brought up in this country, you are brought up to show that every game matters".

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