TO PROVE

Wenger wants Gun­ners to keep push­ing for Cham­pi­ons League

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON on end­ing their poor run at Stoke.

Al­though they have not won there since 2010, los­ing on four of their eight vis­its, Wenger’s men will be hope­ful of end­ing that sorry se­quence so long as Alexis Sanchez is in the team.

The Chile star scored at Southamp­ton to be­ing his Premier League goal tally for the sea­son to 20, and 14 of those have been in away games.

“I think it will give us hope, be­cause if we keep the pres­sure on the other teams, maybe they will have an un­lucky game or drop points some­where,” Arse­nal goal­keeper Petr Cech said.

“We need to make sure we are ready to take ad­van­tage of that.

“We con­cen­trate on our games, we go game-by-game and we have to win all of them to give our­selves a chance. Then we will see what hap­pens.”

Arse­nal will be fac­ing a Stoke side with just one win from their last nine games, yet City man­ager Mark Hughes is con­fi­dent his play­ers will rise to the oc­ca­sion.

“It’s go­ing to be a good at­mos­phere, it al­ways is when Arse­nal come to town,” Hughes said.

“Satur­day is our last home game as well and we will want to end with a pos­i­tive re­sult and per­for­mance, so we need ev­ery­body be­hind us and hope­fully cheer us to a vic­tory.

“That sup­port al­ways helps, we know that, and it’s im­por­tant for us to play well in or­der to de­serve any plau­dits we get — that is cer­tainly our in­ten­tion.

“The last cou­ple of per­for­mances have been good, we haven’t had max­i­mum points from those games, but we’ve played well and we’re in good nick con­fi­dence wise so we can look for­ward to it

“Con­fi­dence is at a good level, Arse­nal are a good side who have got back on track and have a lot of mo­ti­va­tion which will help us make sure we’re at the level we need to be to com­pete with them.” AFP can to get the re­sult we want and need at Palace on Sun­day,” Ranoc­chia said.

“We have to go there and win... it’s as sim­ple as that.

“It’s a big game this weekend. Crys­tal Palace also need a re­sult them­selves, but we have to go there and show that we want it more than they do.”

Hull City were pro­moted to the league from the Cham­pi­onship at the be­gin­ning of this sea­son. Mid­dles­brough and Sun­der­land have al­ready been rel­e­gated. Reuters

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Arse­nal’s Olivier Giroud scores their sec­ond goal against Southamp­ton dur­ing their Premier League match on Wed­nes­day. Arse­nal won 2-0.

Ron­ald Koe­man

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