Olivier Giroud brace boosts Arsenal's Champions League ambitions

Arsenal produced one of its best performances of the season to beat Stoke 4-1 on Saturday and move to within one point of the top four with two games remaining.

Liverpool and Arsenal could be the first teams to compete in a Premier League play-off for the fourth Champions League spot.

Hull City defender Harry Maguire says he will not enter contract negotiations with the club until the end of the Premier League season.

Liverpool travel to West Ham United tomorrow afternoon before ending the season at Anfield against relegated Middlesbrough next weekend.

ARSENAL heaped the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool last night in the fight for a Champions League place for next season. Hull have yet to win away under Silva, though, losing eight of their nine matches in all competitions, with the recent goalless draw at Southampton the only point picked up during that sequence.

However, Arsene Wenger's record at Stoke does not make for good reading. "We want to thank the fans for this year as they've supported us in every home game and every away game and we want to give them the three points back". A group of players more than capable of proving their class and dominating proceedings in England's capital.

Olivier Giroud tapped in two close-range finishes, while Alexis Sanchez netted his 50th Premier League goal for Arsenal in the team's fifth win in its last six games.

Manchester United carries a 1-0 lead into Thursday's Europa League semifinal second-leg game against Celta Vigo.

Should that happen, Mourinho could once again use a trip to north London to get some minutes into the legs of players returning from injury, such as Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Juan Mata, and blood more youngsters like Axel Tuanzebe and Scott McTominay.

"We are going to learn from the mistakes we made this season and we are going to take it to next season".

  • Stacy Allen