South Essex youngster gets memorable day at Premier League club

Arsenal should go all out to keep Alexis Sanchez in the summer instead of shelling out for a replacement, according to former midfielder Ray Parlour.

Attack: Wenger could also give Danny Welbeck a recall with Olivier Giroud dropping out despite the Frenchman scoring twice during the win at Stoke City.

If Liverpool fail to secure maximum points they will leave the door open for the Gunners to pip them to Champions League qualification with wins in their final outings against Sunderland and Everton.

Arsenal now need City or Liverpool to drop points in the final week if Wenger's side are to scrape back into the top four. Yesterday it didn't look too good, but with him you never know.

Guardiola said Wenger had little to complain about, with his side facing already-relegated Sunderland and Everton, who can not move from seventh, in their final two league games.

Wenger again dodged questions about his future, but he is yet to sign a contract extension to remain in charge next season.

'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, ' said the 22-year-old Spaniard.

"Apart from the League Cup, where we play always the younger players to give them a chance to develop, we take all the other competitions seriously", Wenger said.

"I believe finishing outside the top four will not have any influence on how the club will be led and how we will operate on the transfer market", he said in his pre-Sunderland press conference on Monday. Meanwhile, Sunderland have struggled up front, especially on the road, so we are backing the Gunners to win another home game without conceding. We are a bigger club than all three of them but we are being held back by a greedy owner and a past it manager.

"We have 69 points today, so let's make [it] 72 on Tuesday". "We have a very big squad at the moment that is already hard enough to manage".

Arsenal announce their attendances in terms of tickets sold rather than people actually inside the stadium on match days and fan groups estimate there could be in excess of 10,000 empty seats for the Sunderland game.

"The players have responded after a hard period".

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.

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