Sanchez at the double as Arsenal down Sunderland

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Pickford foiled Arsenal after that and while it was job done as they gained three points, they stay fifth and are still outsiders to finish in the top four.

Sanchez remains locked in a contract stand-off with Arsenal, who have offered to make him the Premier League's best-paid player in a bid to keep him out of the hands of the European giants that are looking to acquire him.

Four minutes later, Arsenal broke the deadlock as Mesut Ozil played fine first-time pass to Sanchez, who slotted home from point-blank range.

Arsene Wenger is "quite surprised" at the significance placed on finishing in the top four as Arsenal kept their slim hopes of a Champions League place alive.

"I want to absolutely make sure we are in there, but let's get to 75 points and see what happens".

'Especially at Everton, we were really unlucky at Everton, some of the decisions were really bad on the night and after we had to go straight to Man City and it didn't help.

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"Nobody questions his desire and his quality, but it shows as well, if you look at Sanchez's numbers, he has developed here as a player", Wenger said. "We were frustrated at half-time not to be leading", said Wenger. "The Premier League teams have got too much pride, the players have got too much pride", Moyes insisted.

Wenger was again asked about his future. Larsson whipped in a glorious right-wing free-kick for a Billy Jones headed chance, although the full-back managed to mistime his diving header and the ball got stuck underneath him.

In English Premier League action on Tuesday, there were expected wins for two big teams in the competition.

Toure made the points safe before Pablo Zabaleta, playing his last game at the Etihad after nine years with the club, came on to a huge ovation from the home faithful.

At the conclusion of a season that only served to underline how far Arsenal have declined in recent years, Wenger knows missing out on the top four would be the last straw for a large section of his club's disenchanted support.

Arsenal could well miss out on the Champions League after a historic run of qualification, although they've at least put up a commendable late-season fight.