Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Arsenal sink United to revive top-four bid, Liverpool held

Arsenal sink United to revive top-four bid, Liverpool held

Arsenal can put further pressure on the top four in the race for Champions League qualification when they play Southampton on Wednesday, but Wenger accepted the odds are still against his side.

Wenger virtually ruled out Granit Xhaka of this game during his pre-match press conference on Friday yet he started against United and broke the deadlock with a speculative 54th-minute strike.

Analysing today's game Wenger said: "We need to be patient". The England global had another great game at right wing-back against Manchester United.

The goal owed much to a fortunate deflection off Ander Herrera but it was the product of the type of long-range strike he threatened to make his trademark earlier in the season, before questions grew over his tackling ability having picked up eight yellow cards and one red in the space of 14 matches. We tried to play for a result today, you can say I made changes, but you cannot say we didn't try to win the game.

Arsenal had United at arm's length for the remainder of the contest, seeing out the game with professionalism and giving their manager a victory to savour in a forgettable season.

For Wenger, the opportunity of finishing in the top four and winning the FA Cup remains a distinct possibility and a chance to appease those supporters who want him to leave the club this summer.

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If the Capitals get that and it translates to a win, it earns them a winner-take-call Game 7 back in Washington on Wednesday. Sullivan, too, said he had no reservations about putting Crosby back on the ice as soon as he is medically cleared to play.

Arsene Wenger's side are still six points behind Manchester City who sit fourth as they try to force their way into the top four.

Danny Welbeck has scored in each of his last three appearances against United for Arsenal and it was apt that he scored the second goal to hand the Gunners all three points.

The Sky Sports pundit singled out praise for a number of players who helped deliver Arsene Wenger a first league win over Jose Mourinho.

Before United had had time to clear their heads, it was 2-0.

The left back scored from his first seven spot kicks this season but his eighth attempt was saved by Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster in the 66th minute of a lacklustre game at Anfield.

Welbeck twice threatened, only to be thwarted by blocks from Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain warmed De Gea's palms with a deflected effort from 25 yards. Most of their battles occurred when the Portuguese boss was manager of Chelsea but the victory would have felt even sweeter than usual for the Gunners boss this afternoon. The latter made several driving runs into the box and was a menacing figure in the final third of the pitch and, despite his tendency to frustrate the home faithful, would have pleased Wenger for the manner in which a box-to-box player should dominate the game.

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