Wenger's gamble paid off as Sanchez scored twice after the break to keep Arsenal's slim top-four hopes alive and the Gunners boss had nothing but praise for his star attacker after the final whistle.
■ WENGER believes his team can count themselves unlucky if they fail to qualify for the Champions League with 75 points.
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Two goals from Alexis Sanchez moved Arsene Wenger's side to within a point of Liverpool in the race for the Uefa Champions League places, with Everton set to visit the Emirates stadium this weekend.
The Gunners needed to beat David Moyes' men to take the battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League down to the last day of the campaign. What is for sure, if we win our game, we can only be far from one point.
The Chilean scored in the 72nd and 81st minutes to go within a point of Liverpool and at least put some pressure on their top-four rivals. "We want to keep him with us because we know he is so important for our team".More news: UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian 'spy' Kulbhushan Jadhav
Pickford foiled Arsenal after that and while it was job done as they gained three points, they stay fifth and are still outsiders to finish in the top four.
Commenting on his decision of whether to start Alexis or not, Wenger said: "With him, I feel he had something still left, but once he's on the pitch and gets the ball, he always becomes a devil and forgets his pain". We were frustrated at half time not to be leading. "We were in most of the game until the first goal went in and then they turned the heat up - but we had a right go and the attitude was there again so we can't complain about that". "You want all the teams to fight like Sunderland did tonight and, after, you have to accept the result".
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"We had a hard patch after the Bayern game because it was hard to recover".
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