Arsenal players keen on Sanchez stay: Koscielny

Arsenal players keen on Sanchez stay: Koscielny

Alexis Sanchez hit a brace as Arsenal secured victory over relegated Sunderland in front of a sparsely populated Emirates Stadium to keep alive their dwindling hopes of Champions League qualification.

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.

Behind champions Chelsea and Tottenham, Liverpool (73 points, one match remaining), City (72 points, two matches remaining) and Arsenal (69 points, two matches remaining) are chasing the final two top-four spots.

The simple truth is that Wenger can only now reinvigorate most Arsenal fans by competing seriously to lift either the Premier League or Champions League.

They are one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool and three behind City, who are third.

"I just think about let's make sure we win the game because we play against Everton", Wenger said.

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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.

"You never know. But anyway, I answered for 20 years the question - "the top four is nothing special".

The Gunners play their second last Premier league game of the season tonight against already relegated Sunderland.

"Apart from the League Cup, where we play always the younger players to give them a chance to develop, we take all the other competitions seriously", he said. We had a hard period and recovered from it. "But once he is on the pitch and has the ball he becomes the devil and forgets his pain". "I think the only chance we have now to be in the top four is to win all of our games". "I am paid to do my job for the club I love and I will do that as long as I'm here with full commitment".

The Chile worldwide was doubtful for Tuesday's Premier League encounter due to a knock, but Wenger eventually opted to include him in the starting XI regardless of his physical issues.

"Usually you lose the next game because everybody switches off, so I told the players who wanted to have a breather, "Now you can become immortal". "We were frustrated at half-time not to be leading", said Wenger.

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