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

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

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

Arsenal ensured that the race for the top four will go down to the wire with a 2-0 win over relegated Sunderland in their English Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

The Gunners kicked off with plenty of empty seats scattered around the Emirates Stadium as fans stayed away in protest at the prospect of Arsene Wenger signing a new deal.

Arsene Wenger will be relying on Liverpool or Manchester City slipping up on Sunday to qualify Arsenal for the Champions League for a 20th successive season.

Liverpool's 4-0 win at West Ham took them to third on 73 points with one game remaining, while Manchester City are fourth on 72 points with two games left to play.

Wenger said: "I congratulate Chelsea on what they've done but when they play in Europe it'll be a different story".

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". I said, 'Why?' and they said it's because I put them under too much pressure. I want to make sure, absolutely, that we are in there but let's get to 75 points and see what happens.

David Moyes was proud of his Sunderland players and dismissed Wenger's comments made on Monday that some Premier League teams had "released their focus" once they had nothing to fight for.

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A statement on onlinegooner.com asked fans not to turn up for the mid-week game against the Sunderland: "We are calling on fans that feel the same way to boycott tomorrow evening's match".

"They had that bad run of form around the Christmas period and the players and manager couldn't turn that around quick enough to give themselves a good chance to get into the top four".

Sanchez would have scored the first goal for the Gunners in the 27th minute, but his shot was well saved by Stoke City's goalie Butland. "Once he gets the ball on the pitch he becomes a devil and forgets the pain". I believe he has become a complete player and developed very well at Arsenal Football Club.

"We made 71 points and were second".

"We were frustrated at half-time not to be leading".

"I think when you are brought up in this country you are brought up to show that every game matters and whatever team you support, you play for the jersey".

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