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Top 4 in view as Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1

Top 4 in view as Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1

As Arsenal was headed down a dark path that excluded a chance at Champions League play for next season, Wenger's boys took a sharp turn into better light and are now in a more comfortable fifth place just three points behind Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. With neither team wanting to lose, this will be a very exciting game and we shouldn't be short of goals. Mame Diouf wasted a good chance by heading wide from Arnautovic's cross, the Senegalese forward's last contribution as he was then replaced by Crouch while Joe Allen was taken off for Saido Berahino.

Stoke's last league victory was against Hull City nearly a month ago and they will be aware that a win over Arsenal would nearly extingiush the Gunners' top four hopes.

Wenger knows that even nine points might not be enough to guarantee a top-four finish, but he says his team have no option but to win the games in front of them.

Supporters have also arranged protest marches ahead of several home games, though these have been more sparcely populated in recent weeks, as part of their bid to unseat the Arsenal manager. Saints had an opportunity to make the breakthrough when Arsenal's back three contrived to play both Dusan Tadic and Manolo Gabbiadini onside, but the latter's effort was repelled by visiting goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Last week, Wenger saw his side win at Southampton for the first time since their "Invincibles" title-winning season of 2003-04 and wants them to continue that run at Stoke.

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Not that the one-sided nature of the final put a dampener on too numerous 35,000 fans who streamed into Wembley . Manchester City do have players who eat pressure for breakfast so you'd expect them to come out on top.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been operating as Wenger's right-sided wing-back but limped out of Wednesday's 2-0 win at Southampton with a hamstring issue.

"I don't think like that". Our record stands comparison to anybody against Arsenal.

Stoke have only lost one of their eight home Premier League games against Arsenal (W4 D3).

"That's Alexis, he's a player who never gives up", said Wenger.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels that teams battling in Europe and domestically will find it hard to win the coveted English Premier League (EPL) title. "It shows how close we all are and it has been a odd season. We had three wins in a very convincing way so the focus is there, the desire to play together is there and the fighting spirit is there and of course we are very pleased for that", Wenger told the BBC.


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