Arsenal on course to be last year's Premier League points


Wenger claims the victory has given his players the belief to end the season with maximum points from their remaining three games. They were certainly not playing like a team that had to win the match to keep their faint top-four hopes alive.

That would mean for one hell of an exciting game following the Premier League's closure to determine who will gain Champions League football. "It shows how close we all are and it has been a unusual season". We know we have to play to win the games, so let's keep the focus on the way we want to play and on our team spirit.

Speaking about his side's effort and inability to secure victory in some winnable games, Wenger said the FA Cup victory over Manchester City gave his side confidence.

Stoke City away, traditionally, has been a awful fixture for the Gunners.

" I don't think it gets as personal as that".

"Look, if you don't turn up, you don't win the game", he continued. "Our record stands up with anybody against Arsenal, so we will use that to our advantage".

The Potters have endured a hard end to the season, as they have only won one of their last nine games, although their form at home has been better, losing just twice in 12 league matches. Stoke are missing the injured Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland. We are more defensively stable.

The game started with nothing of the tempo and chances from Sunday's opening exchanges from Arsenal's weekend win over Manchester United. We don't see this as a trend, in terms of being below ninth. "We'll need another strong performance at Stoke".

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech said: "Every game we try to give ourselves a chance".

The Gunners beat Southampton 2-0 mid-week to overtake Manchester United and move into fifth-place. "He's gone through a hard period when he came back from his ankle injury but I never questioned his attitude and I think he has a great spirit".

We know that he [Alexis] is capable of doing that.

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal brraks past Manolo Gabbiadini of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium on May 10, 2017 in Southampton, England.

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