Match Reports: Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland


Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side are now fifth in the Premier League table with 69 points from 36 games this season, coming off the back of five wins from their last half a dozen outings.

Arsene Wenger has hailed Alexis Sanchez's desire after he played through the pain barrier to help Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-0 at Emirates Stadium.

Manchester City's victory over West Brom means Arsenal need to beat Everton on Sunday and hope Liverpool slip up at home to Middlesbrough to gate-crash the top four.

WENGER believes his team can count themselves unlucky if they fail to qualify for the Champions League with 75 points.

"Arsenal" has won four of their last five home games, conceding to them only on "Manchester City".

"I just think let's make sure we win the game. That will be four points more than previous year, so let's focus on finishing as well as we can", Wenger said.

"Everybody is well aware that I've said he is one of the best goalkeepers in the country", Sunderland manager Moyes told Sky Sports. We have 69 points, we can get to 75.

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"Sunderland fought and you want that in the Premier League, that is what you want from every team".

"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 plenty of shots on goal, but we needed to be patient", Wenger said.

The Gunners dominated for large periods of the game, but struggled to get past the outstanding Jordan Pickford in the Sunderland goal. Let yours be one of the many gaps in the stands that send a direct and unarguable message to the directors. He delivers fantastic passes and I think both of them (Ozil and Alexis Sanchez) can enjoy it. "We were frustrated at half-time not to be leading", Wenger added.

But even if the Gunners do upset the odds by reaching the Champions League, a number of fan groups are still calling for Wenger's near 21-year reign to come to an end.

"We made 71 points (last season) and were second".