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Sanchez breaks stubborn Sunderland for Arsenal

Sanchez breaks stubborn Sunderland for Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez ensured a tight finish to the season and an outside shot at a top-four finish for Arsenal.

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

But they still need Liverpool to drop points against Middlesbrough or Manchester City to fall to a big defeat against Watford to have any chance of getting in.

The fact he holds such an achievement in high regard has been used against him in the past as Arsenal failed to win a title since their 2004 unbeaten campaign.

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

"With him, I feel he had something still left, but once he's on the pitch and gets the ball, he always becomes a devil and forgets his pain", Wenger said in the press conference after revealing that he only chose to play the Chilean at 4pm on Tuesday (16 May).

Sunderland had threatened twice on the break, through Didier N'Dong and Jermain Defoe, and had a chance to lead straight after half-time from an indirect free-kick six yards out, but Sebastian Larsson scooped into the six-yard box and Arsenal cleared.

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"I answer for 20 years the question, is top four nothing special". I am quite surprised.

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

- No side has finished bottom of the Premier League on more occasions than Sunderland (3, level with Nottingham Forest). "Once he's on the pitch and he gets the ball he becomes always a devil and forgets his pain", Wenger said.

"The teams have too much pride, the players have too much pride, every game matters, whatever team you support or whoever you play for, you play for the jersey, and would hope every player would do that". We do our job and we have done that tonight.

"We won more games than past year and we have one point more already".

However, the away supporters who made the long trip down south did their best to enjoy the occasion, taunting Arsenal fans with the chant: "Champions League, you're having a laugh!"