Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Wenger aims to silence critics with Euro push

Wenger aims to silence critics with Euro push

Arsenal moved above Manchester United into fifth on 66 points, three adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with both having played 35 games.

Arsenal have won four of their last five league games as they look to achieve another top-four finish.

Despite an improvement in points return, Arsenal were beaten 2-0 at rivals Spurs late last month and goalkeeper Cech acknowledged that loss may have left the team with too much to do in the hunt for a Champions League place.

'I believe that I forget about that and focus on the game always.

"All we can do is to keep winning our games and we will need another strong performance at Stoke on Saturday".

"[There was] no problem - we shook hands before the game, we shook hands after the game".

"We had opportunities, they had one or two as well, so it was an open game but then in the second half we managed to come out and just keep playing our game, waiting and being patient until the opportunity came".

Stoke boss Mark Hughes only has long-term absentees Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland unavailable for Saturday's Premier League clash with Arsenal at the bet365 Stadium.

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Former Super Eagles captain, Austin "Jay Jay" Okocha, has insisted that Alex Iwobi will fight on at Arsenal, even if Arsene Wenger leaves the Emirates at the end of this season.

Arsenal have struggled at Stoke, and Wenger called on his team to "show character" at the Britannia. "We were dynamic, quick going forward and well-organised".

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On his side's chances for a top four finish, Wenger said: "I don't know how many points we will need and I don't know if this result puts pressure on the teams above us".

Wenger also hailed the character of his side after they continued their resurgence following a bad run of form which saw them go from title contenders to sixth in the table - pointing to the FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City as the turning point.

"He was walking properly".

Southampton remain 10th after failing to find the net for the third game in succession.

"These were people who could play, but they could also play the ugly side of the game by putting their head in where it hurts and go to so-called disgusting stadiums to get a result". "But it is an overall, global thing now".

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