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Arsenal take Premier League top-four race to last day of season

Arsenal take Premier League top-four race to last day of season

'We made 71 points and were second.

"I don't think there are a lot of players like him and a player like this who can be the difference during the game, it's rare".

Arsenal started quickly and Sanchez had a goal ruled out in the eighth minute after his shot deflected in off Giroud's raised arm, and the Black Cats rarely showed their claws after Petr Cech's low saves foiled Didier Ndong and Jermain Defoe (pictured above) in the first half.

City look nearly certain to achieve the bare minimum of a top-four place and could only finish below Arsenal if they lost at Watford, Arsenal won and there was a five-goal swing, with Wenger's side scoring more than City on the day.

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

Arsenal's 2-0 win meant that Manchester City, 3-1 winners at home against West Bromwich Albion, will still need a point to be absolutely certain of finishing in the top four.

"He has developed here and become a top class player. He has not wasted his time here and hopefully that will last for a long time".

As for David Moyes and co., they can take some heart from a hard-working display.

Arsenal's victory, thanks to a late brace from Alexis Sanchez, keeps alive their hopes of sneaking into fourth place on the final day of the season.

Arsenal's 60,000-capacity stadium was only about two-thirds full for the penultimate home game of the season as some fan groups opted to stay away to mark their displeasure with the team's season. We do our job and we have done that tonight. We created opportunities and the players worked really hard.

"Everybody is well aware that I've said he is one of the best goalkeepers in the country", Sunderland manager Moyes told Sky Sports.

"With him, I feel he had something still left, but once he's on the pitch and gets the ball, he always becomes a devil and forgets his pain", Wenger said in the press conference after revealing that he only made a decision to play the Chilean at 4pm on Tuesday (16 May).


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