February 22, 2018

Arsenal maintain top four hunt with impressive Stoke victory

14 May 2017, 01:18 | Marlene Fleming

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring their fourth goal against Stoke City with Aaron Ramsey during their Champions League match on Saturday.

Written off as Arsenal's worst ever season under Wenger, the promise of another cup final at Wembley and 22 consecutive years of Champions League qualification can not be argued with. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "I am paid to do my job for a club I love".

"All I can do is my best". Now we have three games and we have to give everything like we did today and hopefully, we'll achieve our goals.

"I am not in politics, I am in sport". All the rest, for me, is less important. "But I have no special opinion on that".

Keown has been suitably impressed by this new-look Arsenal side, and believes the change of formation is a big reason behind the team's recent improvement.

"West Ham have all my support against Liverpool. We expect the teams to play with commitment and full power".

Olivier Giroud's brace and goals from the brilliant duo of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil sealed an emphatic victory for Arsenal who have won five of their past six games to jump right back into contention.

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They were briefly thrust back into the game when the evergreen Peter Crouch came on as a substitute and headed in from Marko Arnautovic's cross but Arsenal's response was impressive.

The 67-year-old also notably claimed his team had kept a clean sheet.

The Gunners still need Liverpool or Manchester City to drop points before they stand a chance, but Wenger's side have now regained crucial momentum and confidence ahead of their final two games against Sunderland and Everton. "But we were united and we have to stay like that, strong together". "It shows how close we all are and it has been a odd season".

On the injury, Wenger confirmed it was a "kick on the thigh".

"We were okay and had a good shape in the first half, but in terms of what we wanted to do in attack, that didn't really happen for us".

"We just have to win our games now".

"We still feel we could finish eighth, but we know everything has to go for us", Hughes added.

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