Arsenal keep Champions League hopes alive with Sunderland win

Aaron Ramsey in action against Sunderland

Aaron Ramsey in action against Sunderland

Arsenal's top scorer Alexis Sanchez faces a fitness test to determine his availability for tomorrow's Premier League clash against relegated Sunderland while midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out, manager Arsene Wenger said.

The Gunners will however need a favour from either Middlesbrough, who visit Liverpool on Sunday or Watford who host Manchester City.

The Gunners remain fifth in the standings but are a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool heading into the last round of fixtures.

'With him, I feel he had something still left [injury-wise], but once he's on the pitch and gets the ball, he always becomes a devil and forgets his pain, ' Wenger (below) said of Sanchez.

"I just think about let's make sure we win the game because we play against Everton", Wenger said.

"We can talk and talk and talk, but let's make 75 points. if you look at the points we can make it's one of the best in the last 10 years".

"I answered for 20 years the question that being in the top four is not a big deal", he said. I am quite surprised.

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"Sunderland fought and you want that in the Premier League - that's what you want from every team", the Frenchman added.

"We had a hard patch after the Bayern [Munich] game because it was hard to recover".

Arsenal's 60,000-capacity stadium was only about two-thirds full for the penultimate home game of the season as some fan groups opted to stay away to mark their displeasure with the team's season.

Arsenal upped things slightly in the second half and they eventually made it count on 72 minutes.

In contrast to their London rivals, Arsenal have not won the league since 2004 and Wenger has come under renewed pressure this season with his side in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League.

There should be a change in line-up for tonight's game, the team have played three games in seven days, so it will have taken its toll on the players.

"I knew I had a super team because I had a good combination of power with Kolo and Sol - two physical monsters at the back - and Ashley Cole and Lauren on the flanks who were good football players as well". "I've been a player myself and I would hate anybody questioning me, saying I wasn't going to be playing and was going to chuck it".

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