Arsene Wenger hopeful Alexis Sanchez will commit his future to Arsenal

May 18 16:19 2017

Concerns are growing about Firmino’s availability for Sunday’s home fixture against already relegated Middlesbrough, with Liverpool hoping to close out their season by beating the North East side.

Fourth place: If Arsenal draws 1-1 with Everton and Liverpool loses 2-0 to Middlesbrough, both clubs would finish behind City with the same number of points and goal difference (+31).

Put simply, Liverpool must equal Arsenal’s result and could even afford to lose to Middlesbrough by a single goal and still finish fourth if the Gunners draw.

As things now stand, just one point stands between Arsenal and Liverpool while their goal difference is also quite similar with Liverpool just two goals better off than their London rivals.

Yet, May could also mark the greatest humiliation of his Arsenal career if they fail to qualify for the Champions League and with the fans turning their backs on him in increasing numbers.

After Pickford had thwarted Sanchez, Xhaka and Alex Iwobi, Sanchez made sure of the points in the 81st minute, heading in after Pickford had blocked Olivier Giroud’s volley. They played with pace and creativity, which saw them walk away from the Olympic Stadium with a 4-0 win.

‘It shows as well that if you look at his numbers, he has developed here as a player and has become a top-class player and has not wasted his time here.

Asked is this has been a successful season, Sanchez was non-committal but did suggest that winning the FA Cup against Chelsea (the final is at Wembley on May 27) would represent a big moment for the Gunners.

They point to Wenger’s track-record of 19 consecutive years of Champions league football after 20 successive top-four finishes in England’s top-flight league.

“Getting more experience as a team and learning to handle more matches will make us better”. Squad depth has been an issue in this campaign, so attracting better quality players is a must, and the Champions League will help them do that.

A 3-3 scoreline in Hertfordshire and a 3-0 home win at Anfield would do it. “At Man City (1-2 on Dec 18) as well we were really unlucky with some decisions”.

“I think we have a good chance”.

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