Top four absence not worrying Wenger

Arsenal have finished in the top four every season since the Frenchman took charge 21 years ago but following Liverpool's 4-0 thumping of West Ham on Sunday, they now rely on other results to maintain that proud record.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger vowed his focus would remain on his side's push for Champions League football and not the protests against him after a 4-1 win at Stoke.

Adam Lallana feels Liverpool passed a major test of character in the race for a Champions League spot by thrashing West Ham on Sunday.

"When you are a manager you want your team to give everything until the last moment".

I felt the balance was right and we didn't have to put too much pressure on ourselves.

We all have our views on manager Arsene Wenger but now is not the time to go against the team. It depends on how you buy.

"Our chances are just to win our games".

"It will be frustrating", Wenger conceded.

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"I thought we were going to get back into the game but with us throwing men forward you know that Arsenal can pick you off and that's what happened in the end. The rich ones?" said Wenger when asked for his reaction.

"I don't think we've been at it towards the end of the season and it's been very frustrating, certainly to watch and be a part of".

"We are a victim of nobody". But now we have three games and we have to give everything, like we did today, to try and get everything out of all the games.

Sunderland have lost more games than any other side this season and face Arsenal and Chelsea in their final two games of the campaign.

'I just think that if you finish outside the top four it's down to one point maybe.

Earlier in the day, reports in France had even suggested that Wenger has already agreed a one-year deal to remain in charge at the Emirates, but the 67-year-old refused to confirm or deny the claim.

Kieran Gibbs is available following a calf injury but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss Arsenal final two League games with a hamstring problem and is rated "80-20" to be fit for the FA Cup Final.

  • Tabitha Byrd