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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: Top 4 finish nothing special

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Montrelle Montesinos | 19 May, 2017, 23:48

Arsenal's top-four bid would be over had Sanchez not grabbed a double in the last 18 minutes.

Sanchez scored two late close-range goals to earn Arsenal a 2-0 home victory over relegated Sunderland, while Kevin De Bruyne starred as City comfortably defeated West Brom 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsene Wenger has blamed Arsenal's away record for their failure to match Chelsea in the Premier League title race.

Wenger's approval ratings are at an all-time low with Arsenal's disenchanted supporters and it will be fascinating to see if he decides to stay if the top four proves beyond reach.

But Wenger insisted there was nothing unusual about the atmosphere.

Arsenal attempted 36 total shots in Tuesday's contest at the Emirates, which is the most they've attempted in a Premier League match since the start of the 2003-04 campaign. "We are sold out".

"When you have a player like this in your team, to show the way we want to grow together, it is important and I think he has a lot of players behind him to keep him".

"But I still think City are in it as well". When you play football you do not count how many people sit in the stands. "You play because you want to win the game and because you enjoy to play".

A win over Everton on the final day will take them to that tally but if Liverpool defeat Middlesbrough and Man City do not get beaten at Watford, then it still will not be enough.

But the Frenchman says Pickford would have too much competition at Emirates Stadium.

"A miracle, no", he said. "It would be the first time you make 75 points and you are not in the top four".

As for the usual talk over his future, Wenger was once again playing with a very straight bat. So I don't know why suddenly it could become such a big problem.

"I felt he had something still left", Wenger said. "I want to absolutely make sure we are in there". Sunderland are already down but their players applied themselves against Arsenal and almost got a point.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.