Wenger wants Gunners to keep pushing for Champions League
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
Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud scores their second goal against Southampton during their Premier League match on Wednesday. Arsenal won 2-0.