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Arsene Wenger refuses to criticise West Ham over performance against Liverpool

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stressed that it will be a "different story" for Premier League champions Chelsea next season when they have European football added to their schedule.

The Gunners have launched a late bid to qualify for the Champions League next season, but are dependent on results elsewhere going their way.

They now sit on 69 points with just two games remaining, with fourth-placed Man City on 72 and Liverpool, in third, on 73 - although Jurgen Klopp's men only have one game remaining.

If Liverpool defeat the relegated Middlesbrough on Sunday and City take four points from matches at home to West Bromwich and away to Watford it will be impossible for Arsenal to finish in the top four. It wasn't easy on Saturday, but we wanted to win and get a result for the supporters.

"I felt we had a hard week because we had to play Manchester United, go to Southampton and then Stoke, places where traditionally we have struggled, but it shows when confidence is high and the team is focused, it is possible".

Alexis Sánchez faces a fitness test on his injured thigh before Arsenal face Sunderland on Tuesday night in a match the London club must win to take their pursuit of Champions League qualification to the final day of the season. "Yesterday, it didn't look too good, but with him you never know", Wenger said.

"I'm not influenced by that at all, all I can do is give my best. You had basically two leagues, with the top six and everyone else", via the Mirror.

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"We let ourselves down really".

Stoke have won just one of their last ten games despite substitute Crouch's controversial goal.

"The players have responded after a hard period".

Ozil scored has racked up 12 assists and 12 goals in 41 appearances for Arsenal this season.

A statement on onlinegooner.com asked fans not to turn up for the mid-week game against the Sunderland: "We are calling on fans that feel the same way to boycott tomorrow evening's match". With two league games left and an FA Cup final now's surely the time to all get behind the team. Getting 75 points would be four more points than a year ago. "Do it better during the season and you will not have this problem".

Wenger also gave a report on the injury front.

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