Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that he has not given up hope of qualifying for the Champions League on the final day of the season.
Sanchez picked up an injury on Saturday and Wenger was pessimistic about his chances of playing this evening. We had a hard period and we recovered from it. …
Wenger admitted his own team’s failings will be to blame if they finish outside the top four for the first time since he arrived at the club more than 20 years ago.
Relegated Sunderland frustrated Arsenal until Sanchez popped up to score twice from close range in the final 18 minutes, taking his tally for the league campaign to 23 goals.
And Wenger was full of praise for the Chile worldwide, who was initially expected to miss the match through injury. It didn’t look too good but with him you never know – he is so keen.
“I think that’s an insult to football as I’ve been a player myself”, he said. Let yours be one of the many gaps in the stands that send a direct and unarguable message to the directors.
“Sunderland” has always been resigned to his fate of an outsider in the last two rounds decided the outcome of the struggle for survival.
“The difference in class showed, but the commitment and effort from my players was there all the way”, said Moyes. Arsenal fans chose to boycott the match due to frustration with the club’s manager Arsene Wenger.
“We have created momentum again”. I thought we passed the ball well when we got it, and the players played like they have played for eight or nine weeks.
“We made 71 points and were second”.
Wenger’s side have enjoyed a resurgence of late and have won six of their last seven games – including an extra-time victory over Manchester City in their FA Cup semi-final meeting. Now there are calls for mass boycott of Tuesday’s match at home to Sunderland.
Qualifying for the Champions League is crucial for teams who want to bolster their squad during the summer transfer window (and not lose top talent).