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Arsenal Take Top-four Race to Last Day of Season

Arsenal Take Top-four Race to Last Day of Season

Under-fire Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has never finished outside of the top four in a full season at the helm but despite this win, and even though it remains mathematically possible, the club look set for a Europa League campaign next year.

Arsene Wenger has not given up on a top-four finish in the Premier League after Arsenal moved past their points tally from last season with a 2-0 win over Sunderland on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are three points ahead of the Gunners after beating West Brom - and only need a draw at Watford to secure Champions League qualification.

Arsenal were always dominant but spurned their opportunities before Sanchez turned in a Mesut Ozil cross from close range in the 72nd minute.

The victory over Sunderland leaves Arsenal one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool ahead of their final match of the season against Everton.

"I felt he had something left still", said Wenger, who only made a decision to start Sanchez at 4pm on the day of the game.

"But anyway, I answered for 20 years the question, "the top four is nothing special".

Asked if the turning point were the defeats to Manchester City and Everton, Wenger replied: 'Yes, I would say yes. I want to make sure, absolutely, that we are in there but let's get to 75 points and see what happens. Moyes said: "That's an insult to footballers".

"It's a Tuesday night against Sunderland, who everyone expects us to beat", Wenger said.

The Nigeria worldwide, Alex Iwobi, finally had a taste of action with Arsenal, after a long time, as he was introduced as a second half substitute in the Gunners' 2-0 win over already relegated Sunderland.

"We set up to try to make it hard for Arsenal and for long periods I thought we did that. You play because you want to win the game and because you enjoy to play".

"If we got the first goal tonight maybe we would have got something to hold on to".

'We have lost three away games recently that we shouldn't have lost - at West Brom just before the worldwide break, and after at Crystal Palace.