Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Stoke City at the weekend keeps their hopes of a top four finish alive going into the last two weeks of the season and Tuesday’s home fixture against Sunderland.
David Moyes’ side have already been relegated and have nothing but a little bit of pride to play for. With victories in their last two games, the Gunners could finish on 75 points, but one win from Manchester City and Liverpool would scupper Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League qualification.
Arsène Wenger knows that the Gunners’ fate is out of his hands, but wants his team to concentrate on the games ahead and just go out to pick up all six points.
“Our chance is just to win our games,” said the French manager during his pre-match press conference on Monday. “We have 69 points but our target is to get to 75.”
“That would be 4 points more than last year. We have created the momentum again. Overall, the only chance we have to be in the top four is to win our games.”
Here’s how our algorithm thinks Arsenal will line up when they face Sunderland on Tuesday.
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“Le Professor” addressed a number of injury issues ahead of Tuesday’s game:
“We have a little bit of a problem with [Laurent] Koscielny but we should have everyone available.”
If the former Lorient centre-back is unavailable then it could see a return at left centre-back for Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal. Which is helped by the fact that Wenger confirmed Kieran Gibbs should be able to play.
“Gibbs should be available but [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is out,” said the Gunners boss.
The biggest doubt and one that could be a huge factor is the knock that top scorer Alexis Sánchez picked up at the weekend.
“Alexis should have a test today,” revealed Wenger. “It didn’t look good but with him he is always so eager.”
It would likely take more than a small injury to keep the Chilean striker from starting the game, but in his absence, either Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck or Theo Walcott could play from the start.
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