Shkodran Mustafi remains hopeful over Arsenal's top-four chances


An bad run of form from January until early April had seriously threatened to end Arsene Wenger's record of securing a top four finish in every season he has had at Arsenal.

In his latest column, Charlie Nicholas fears Arsenal will blow their top-four chances with a slip-up at Stoke.

Live coverage will be shown on Sky Sports 1 from 5pm - with Sky Go subscribers able to stream the match live.

As reported by the Independent, should Arsenal or Liverpool both finish on the same points, goal difference and goal scored, a 39th game would be needed to determine which side would finish in the final Champions League spot.

Look for Arsenal to sneak a narrow win. 1-2.

"I've always liked going up against them".

Arsenal travel to Stoke this weekend before finishing the campaign with two home games against Sunderland and Everton. Overall, I must say as well that they have had good teams.

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Mark Hughes is unbeaten in his last eight home Premier League meetings with Arsene Wenger (W5 D3), with that run spread across five different clubs - Blackburn (one game), Man City (two), Fulham (one), QPR (one) and Stoke (three).

The Gunners were 2-0 winners against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium following goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck.

But then, at the last, they find some form once the pressure of expectancy disappears and make a charge on the blind side to secure a finish which many had deemed beyond them less than a month earlier.

Stoke players look to have one eye on their summer holidays, netting just seven in their last nine and that along with the Gunners' new found defensive resilience means we'll back an Arsenal win to nil.

"Recently we shot ourselves in the foot against Tottenham, because we did not get any points and obviously we left ourselves in the situation where we have to keep winning every game", said Cech.

"I think I understand that the pundits are a bit surprised by that, because 10 or 15 years ago that did not exist", Wenger said.

"It's not because you lose games people expect you to win that you have no character".