Wenger hoping for final-day glory after Arsenal sink Sunderland

Date published: Tuesday 16th May 2017 10:32

Arsene Wenger was pleased that his Arsenal side managed to take the race for a Champions League spot to the final day after beating Sunderland.

A late brace from top scorer Alexis Sanchez saw the Gunners overcome a stubborn Black Cats side at The Emirates and leaves them a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool with a game to go, while Man City are three points clear in third but have a better goal difference.

Arsenal will welcome Everton on Sunday, while Liverpool face Middlesbrough at home and City head to Watford, but for now Wenger was just happy to get the win.

He told BBC Sport: “We had plenty of shots on goal but we needed to be patient. We were frustrated at half-time not to be leading.

“We made 71 points and were second. We now have 72 and want to go to 75. After that you deal with what happens.

“We’ve got in on the final day many times. Sunderland fought and you want that in the Premier League – that’s what you want from every team.

“We had a difficult patch after the Bayern game because it was difficult to recover. On the other hand it was a good mental test and we responded in a strong way.”

As for the usual talk over his future, Wenger was once again playing with a very straight bat.

He added: “At the moment let’s focus. We have a big game again on Sunday and then an FA Cup final – let’s sort that out first.”

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