We had to 'suffer and stick together' in Stoke victory - Wenger

14 May, 2017, 09:46 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's future could hinge on finishing in the top four once more

A brace from Olivier Giroud and further goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez secured a 4-1 win for Wenger's men and move them to within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool. Since then, however, the team has won five of six league games in what has become a familiar late-season charge. "We had good moments when we had numbers to break and it just kept on breaking down - and we're better than that".

"I am paid to do my job, for a club I love, and I will do that as long as I am here, with full commitment".

"I am not influenced by that at all", Wenger told reporters after the match. "I want to focus on football and all the rest is, for me, less important".

"All I can do is my best".

"We need to make sure we are ready to take advantage of that". - The Chilean also scored his 15th away goal in the Premier League this season - only Kevin Phillips (16 in 1999-00) has scored more in a single campaign.

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The game quickly descended into a scrappy affair but Sanchez reasserted Arsenal's dominance with a cross-goal finish from the edge of the box, a touch off Shawcross helping it on its way.

But a plane banner with the words, "Wenger - Out Means Out" was flown over the bet365 Stadium during the game as uncertainty continues to surround the future of the Frenchman, who is out of contract at the end of the season and yet to announce his plans.

Stoke's reply came through substitute Peter Crouch in the 67th, which made it 2-1.

After Olivier Giroud's 42nd-minute opener, the pair combined for a sensational second - Sanchez's pinpoint pass finding Ozil in the box and the German obliged with a lovely dink beyond Jack Butland. Substitutes: Aaron Ramsey (for Sanchez, 77) 7, Danny Welbeck (for Ozil, 83) 6, Theo Walcott (for Giroud, 84) 6.

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