Arsene Wenger on why Arsenal failed to catch Chelsea this season

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Arsene Wenger has hailed Alexis Sanchez's desire after he played through the pain barrier to help Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-0 at Emirates Stadium.

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.

The win means the Gunners will go into the final game of the season, at home to Everton, one point behind Liverpool in fourth spot.

A point at Watford on Sunday will guarantee a top-four place for Pep Guardiola's City, but they can secure third place - and, crucially, avoid the Champions League play-off round - if they win.

The 23-year-old was in fine form as Sunderland slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal in the Premier League on Tuesday, making several stops that drew praise from Wenger.

Arsenal upped things slightly in the second half and they eventually made it count on 72 minutes. "If you look at the number of points we can make it's one of the best in the last 10 years".

Wenger had urged fans not to boycott the Sunderland fixture in their latest protest against the Gunners boss, but when the Frenchman emerged from the tunnel before kick-off he was greeted with swathes of empty red seats around the Emirates.

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"I don't think there are a lot of players like him and a player like this who can be the difference during the game, it's rare".

But, they have an outside chance of catching Liverpool, who will host already-relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield, while Arsenal take on Everton.

As for the usual talk over his future, Wenger was once again playing with a very straight bat.

"I think that's an insult to football as I've been a player myself", Moyes said. "Sunderland fought and you want that in the Premier League - that's what you want from every team".

But Wenger said it didn't affect his players either.

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.

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