Arsenal: Wenger admits ‘surprise’ over top four

An Alexis Sanchez brace helped the Gunners beat the Black Cats 2-0 in front of a sparsely populated Emirates Stadium on Tuesday to take the battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League down to the last day of the campaign.

Arsenal must now rely on either Middlesbrough or West Ham to thwart Liverpool and Manchester City respectively to have any hope of qualifying for the Champions League, but the Frenchman does not believe his side need a minor miracle.

Wenger said: “No, you never know. But anyway, I answered for 20 years the question, ‘the top four is nothing special’. So I don’t know why suddenly it could become such a big problem.

“I’m quite surprised. I want to absolutely make sure that we are in there but after that let’s get to 75 points and see what happens....

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