After a 2-0 loss at rivals Tottenham Hotspur last month, Arsenal looked dead and buried in pursuit of a 21st successive Champions League qualification but the Gunners have climbed to within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool.
The Nigeria worldwide, Alex Iwobi, finally had a taste of action with Arsenal, after a long time, as he was introduced as a second half substitute in the Gunners’ 2-0 win over already relegated Sunderland.
“When you have a team, you only see the imperfections”, he said, speaking to Arsenal’s official website.
The race for the top four is on and Arsenal are the team in form.
“I feel he had something still (to give)”, Wenger said. After, you have to accept the result.
“We are all in the same boat and the top thing is Arsenal”.
“We were frustrated at half-time not to be leading”. We do our job, we have shown that again.
“In 2003, we lost the championship and I asked the players in pre-season, “Why did we lose the championship?'”.
“We are a victim of nobody”. That would be four points more than previous year, so let’s focus on finishing as well as we can.
And the 67-year-old confessed surprise at the amount of importance others are now placing on his side achieving the same this year to qualify for the Champions League.
“If we finish outside the top four it will be one point”.
Sanchez’s availability to face Sunderland was in doubt after the Gunners top scorer suffered an injury on the weekend.
Arsenal too have reached the FA Cup final and could win their third such trophy this decade.
“They had that bad run of form around the Christmas period and the players and manager couldn’t turn that around quick enough to give themselves a good chance to get into the top four”. The player was in full team training yesterday, but it would still be sensible to rest him, though I wouldn’t want to be the one to tell the Chilean that he’s not allowed to play football.