Arsenal keeps Champions League qualification hopes alive


Arsene Wenger hopes Alexis Sanchez will continue proving his worth at Arsenal for the long term after the Chilean worldwide led the Gunners to a 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Tuesday (16 May) by scoring two goals.

In one of the two games of the day, Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-0.

Wenger, however, chose to play him and the former Barcelona star netted a brace to keep alive Arsenal's slim hopes of finishing in the top four.

"It was a game we absolutely had to win, and we did it", the Frenchman said. "After that you deal with what happens".

After the win, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said, "It is in our hands to finish third so it is the best thing". We created opportunities and the players worked really hard.

Arsene Wenger was pleased that his Arsenal side managed to take the race for a Champions League spot to the final day after beating Sunderland.

That sparked another flurry of Arsenal pressure, but both Bellerin and Ramsey shot into the side-netting, while Rob Holding headed straight at Pickford.

In the end Sunderland did not manage any goal at all, as Arsenal ultimately proved too strong for the visitors.

Pablo Zabaleta is thrown into the air after his last match for Manchester City.

Arsenal initially struggled to find a way past Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but two goals from Alexis Sanchez after the break eventually kept their top-four hopes alive.

Granit Xhaka picked out Mesut Ozil in the left-hand channel and his first-time cross allowed Sanchez the easiest of finishes from a couple of yards out.

Sanchez then doubled his tally and secured the points when he headed in nine minutes later.

Sergio Aguero's artful back-heel released De Bruyne, whose deflected cross from the left was tapped in by Gabriel Jesus.

Guardiola used the final half hour to offer Pablo Zabaleta a farewell appearance in City's colours.

"If we got the first goal tonight maybe we would have got something to hold on to". Substitute Hal-Robson Kanu claimed a consolation goal for West Brom with three minutes remaining.