Arsene Wenger refuses to criticise West Ham over performance against Liverpool


Arsenal's "fighting spirit" has returned, manager Arsene Wenger said after his side completed a third Premier League victory in a week to roar back into contention for a top-four finish.

"That would be four points more than previous year".

Having beaten Stoke, Arsenal will conclude their Premier League season with matches at home to Sunderland and Everton as they seek a top-four finish, before facing rivals Chelsea in a huge FA Cup final.

"I think we are always sold out so I don't know where you get that impression".

"We have a lot of heart, a lot of character and, even though in some games it may not look like we've shown it, the team really wants to be there (in the Champions League) and we've shown that (against Stoke)".

"We had a hard period and we have recovered from it". All that's left now is to try and give their best in the final two games against Arsenal and Chelsea, although that will be no easy task considering that the players are completely out of confidence at the moment.

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Another win over Sunderland on Tuesday would ensure their challenge goes to the final day of the season and Wenger admitted the performance in Saturday's first win in Staffordshire since 2010 was testament to his team's new-found resilience. "But as well, it's not disastrous". For example we had to fight very hard at Stoke and Southampton, but some teams once they are safe just have a breather, which didn't happen 10 years ago.

"There is a little problem with Koscielny but everyone else should be available", said Wenger in a pre-match press conference on Monday, as quoted by Arsenal's official Twitter account.

"We basically had two leagues, the top six and the rest".

Star forward Alexis Sanchez faces a fitness test, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla are definitely out. These kind of goals of course make you think it is worth it to work on that. I'm very positive because it looks like we've got stronger in every single game. "That will be four points more than past year, so let's focus on finishing as well as we can", Wenger said.

While that could be implied as taking as swipe at Slaven Bilic and his West Ham players, Wenger went on to say that Arsenal would have only themselves to blame if they failed.