Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland: Watch highlights as Alexis Sanchez scores twice

Tricia Pearson
May 20, 2017

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal still have a "good chance" of a top-four finish, after watching Alexis Sánchez inspire a nervy 2-0 home win over a Sunderland team that fought throughout, despite the fact they were already relegated.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech insists ending up in next season's Europa League would not be the end of the world for the Gunners.

The Arsenal manager knows that his club will need a favour from either Middlesbrough, who visit Liverpool on Sunday- the final day of the Premier League season - or Watford, who host Manchester City.

Alexis Sanchez struck twice as Wenger's side beat bottom club Sunderland on Tuesday night to take the race down to the wire.

The Chilean was the matchwinner in a 2-0 win over Sunderland - despite carrying a thigh injury - and set up a final-day shootout with Liverpool.

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Mesut Ozil was pulling the strings in midfield for the Gunners, but with Sunderland's young keeper Jordan Pickford in inspired form, the teams went into the dressing rooms at the interval scoreless. "We were in most of the game until the first goal went in and then they turned the heat up - but we had a right go and the attitude was there again so we can't complain about that".

"We set up to try to make it hard for Arsenal and for long periods I thought we did that".

"I felt he had something left still", said Wenger, who only made a decision to start Sanchez at 4pm on the day of the game. It shows as well that if you look at his numbers, he has developed here as a player and has become a top-class player and has not wasted his time here. "We want to keep him with us because we know he is so important for our team". We were frustrated at half-time not to be leading. After that you deal with what happens. Man City are number three on the points table, having 22 wins and 75 points in the bag.

"I have to say you want to have the Champions League one rather than the Europa League one but you can see more and more, big teams are treating the Europa League with respect because it is a European trophy".

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