Wenger retains top-four belief after Sunderland win


Arsene Wenger heaped praise on Jordan Pickford following his masterclass against Arsenal on Tuesday but insists he is unlikely to make a move for the Sunderland goalkeeper this summer.

However, the Frenchman refuses to throw in the towel ahead of their clash with Everton on Sunday.

Fifth-placed Arsenal trail Liverpool by a point and host Everton in their final Premier League match of the season on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger hopes Alexis Sanchez will continue proving his worth at Arsenal for the long term after the Chilean global led the Gunners to a 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Tuesday (16 May) by scoring two goals. "After that you deal with what happens", Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said, referring to the fact that his side have more points than they managed as runners-up in 2015-16.

David Moyes was proud of his Sunderland players and dismissed Wenger's comments made on Monday that some Premier League teams had "released their focus" once they had nothing to fight for.

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City look nearly certain to achieve the bare minimum of a top-four place and could only finish below Arsenal if they lost at Watford, Arsenal won and there was a five-goal swing, with Wenger's side scoring more than City on the day.

"I made the decision to start Alexis at 4pm", Wenger said at a news conference.

"The difference in class showed, but the commitment and effort from my players was there all the way", said Moyes. What is for sure, if we win our game, we can only be far from one point.

Arsenal will realistically need to win that game and hope that Jurgen Klopp's men slip up against Middlesbrough to qualify for Europe's leading club competition, although a draw could be enough if Liverpool lose at Anfield. "We want to keep him with us because we know he is so important for our team". "We were unlucky. We had one or two chances ourselves and we had to keep them out a few times as well, but I couldn't really fault the players. If we had got the first goal tonight maybe we'd have given ourselves something to hang onto".