Wenger: "I'm not influenced" by fan protests

Hazel Gray
May 15, 2017

"We've got to focus on ourselves".

Alan Pardew believes Arsene Wenger deserves credit for securing some momentum for Arsenal in the closing weeks of the season.

West Ham's defeat comes nine days after the team ended Tottenham's title hopes with a 1-0 win on the most memorable occasion yet since they moved to the London Stadium.

The formation sees the Germany global and Alexis Sanchez line up behind a lone striker, Olivier Giroud playing the role against Stoke, and the trio combined to score all four of Arsenal's goals at the bet365 Stadium.

Another win over Sunderland on Tuesday would ensure their challenge goes to the final day of the season and Wenger admitted the performance in Saturday's first win in Staffordshire since 2010 was testament to his team's new-found resilience.

But subsequent struggles have left them way off top spot in their current position of fifth towards the end of a campaign that saw them get to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they suffered a 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich.

Arsenal themselves are still hoping to join Chelsea in the Champions League next season, but despite some improved form recently they must win both of their remaining games and hope that either Liverpool or Manchester City slip up in the final week of the season.

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"The most hard thing against a team like Stoke is scoring the first goal and after that we had to be efficient". We have a lot of heart, a lot of character and, even though in some games it may not look like we've shown it, the team really wants to be there and we've shown that here.

Giroud scored the opening goal on 42 minutes as Arsenal scythed their way through the Stoke defence impressively.

"We just have to win our games now".

"I think this result is a continuity of what we have done during the week".

"Chelsea have been extremely good and have won the championship but they won it two seasons ago too and it just shows you they have exceptional quality".

Beaten by lowly Swansea on Saturday, David Moyes's side were jeered by Sunderland fans in their home finale and winger Seb Larsson conceded the criticism was deserved. Maybe they are as well better than us.

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