Wenger retains top-four belief after Sunderland win

Solenn Plantier
Mai 19, 2017

Arsenal must beat Everton in Sunday's final round of fixtures and hope that Liverpool drop points at home to relegated Middlesbrough - an unlikely scenario, but Wenger was bullish about his team's prospects.

Arsenal are on a run of five Premier League wins in six matches and have closed the gap on the top four to three points with two games to go.

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.

"Some teams turn up, some teams are on holiday".

The race for the top four is on and Arsenal are the team in form.

"I think that's an insult to football as I've been a player myself", he said.

"The bottom line is everybody fights like Sunderland did tonight and then you accept your result". It depends on how you buy. "If there is one thing we do not need to buy, it is a goalkeeper".

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

"We have Petr Cech, Ospina, we have Wojciech Szczesny who is only on loan at Roma and has had an exceptional season".

"We are a victim of nobody".

But the boss says they must now look at the positives as the Gunners could still qualify for the Europa League with a higher points total than they had last season.

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".

Reports in France had suggested that Wenger already agreed a one-year deal to remain in charge, but the 67-year-old refused to confirm or deny the claim.

Arsenal too have reached the FA Cup final and could win their third such trophy this decade. They must win this game in hand to stand any chance come the final weekend, but fortunately they face a despondent Sunderland side. "I've been a player myself and I would hate anybody questioning me, saying I wasn't going to be playing and was going to chuck it".

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