Arsenal beat Southampton as they chase Champions League spot

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With that in mind, Wenger may be tempted to recall Arsenal stalwart Laurent Koscielny, who missed the Southampton game through injury.

Any failure from Liverpool to secure maximum points would give Arsenal the opportunity to rise into the top-four in midweek, as the Gunners are due to play Sunderland before finishing their Premier League campaign at home to Everton. However, we can be in no doubt this is probably going to be the most hard of the three and if we don't pick up the three points our chances of a top four finish are pretty slim.

"They need to keep winning and hope for the best, so I'm sure there are places they would rather be than Stoke this weekend".

"I wish we had found that before", he said of Arsenal's recent revival.

Consecutive 2-0 wins have given Arsenal the opportunity to pull just one point behind Liverpool tomorrow if they beat Stoke, with Jurgen Klopp's side then facing a hard battle against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.

A top-four finish is still out of Arsene Wenger's hands, but third-placed Liverpool are now both under serious pressure as the Gunners close in.

"We have to recover now physically and see how everyone recovers for Saturday".

"We have to play to win the games".

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"If the game is hard for me and good for the team, I am very happy to take that", Wenger said. Stoke are now regular participants in the Premier League for years, and that means that anybody who goes there is in trouble. "It shows how close we all are and it has been a odd season. We know we have to play to win the games, so let's keep the focus on the way we want to play and on our team spirit", via BBC Sport.

"Stoke have only won one of their past nine games but are still in the running for a top-half finish".

They have 41 points with two matches remaining.

"They won 13 football matches on the trot, 13 in the Premier League, the hardest league in the world".

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Olivier Giroud starts as Arsenal's solitary centre-forward on Saturday against Stoke City, a game Arsene Wenger's men must win to further their chances of making the Champions League.

However, they have lost five of their last seven away matches in the division.

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