Arsene Wenger: Arsenal's season far from a disaster

Young defender Rob Holding tussles with Marko Arnautovic during the Gunners 4-1 victory

Young defender Rob Holding tussles with Marko Arnautovic during the Gunners 4-1 victory

Some supporters opted to stay away for other reasons but the official attendance of 59,510 was certainly wide of the mark, with Arsenal recording tickets sold rather than the figure who attended.

But when asked whether he was concerned by the visible empty seats, Wenger said: "No, it's Tuesday night against Sunderland".

"I never saw one player in my life go on the pitch and not try to win the game and when the target is done, it's done".

"In Spain, Real Madrid can win games by playing at a lower percentage of the maximum".

Arsenal were heading for a damaging draw against Sunderland when Sanchez scored twice in the final 15 minutes to get a crucial three points, just about keeping alive their push for fourth place.

There should be a change in line-up for tonight's game, the team have played three games in seven days, so it will have taken its toll on the players. Using strictly that metric, he's right that it is odd that Arsenal could not finish in the Top Four and something outside the club is to blame.

"A miracle, no", he said. Maybe they are, as well, better than us.

"We contained them for long periods, made some chances and passed the ball well when we got it tonight, so there were lots of good things".

"I answer for 20 years the question: 'Is the top four nothing special?' I don't know why, suddenly, it could become such a big problem [not to finish in the top four]". Every morning I have my treatment for my Achilles and I know I need to do this to the end of my career. I am quite surprised.

With one game remaining, the Gunners are 18 points behind Antonio Conte's side, who were crowned Premier League champions last Friday. Surprising mainly because of how abject the Black Cats have been for most of the season, and how desperate the Gunners still are for points.

Wenger said a lack of Champions League involvement would not have any impact on the quality of players that Arsenal would be able to sign in the close season.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.

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