Kieran Gibbs admits Gunners still need top four rivals to choke


"Recently we shot ourselves in the foot against Tottenham, because we did not get any points and obviously we left ourselves in the situation where we have to keep winning every game", said Cech.

Arsenal kept alive their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish as second-half goals from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud earned victory at Southampton. Just not enough. All the games the same thing... we saw our games since the beginning of the season, many games where we've had the same feeling.

Currently Liverpool have 70 points from 36 games so could potentially finish on 76 points whilst Arsenal have 66 points and a game in hand so could reach 75 points. Arsenal have struggled this season to break down deep blocks, they seem to have wasted possession a lot by passing around the box before being dispossessed.

Pundits and fans alike have slammed the club in recent months, with some inciting mental weaknesses in the Arsenal players, but Wenger has moved to defend his stars.

"Well, I wish we found that before", he said when quizzed about the Gunners' good form.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been operating as Wenger's right-sided wing-back but limped out of Wednesday's 2-0 win at Southampton with a hamstring issue.

It's a nice game for Arsenal, they need a win and I expect them to do just that.

"It's hard to assess now after the game", Wenger said. And both of them have played well, and both of them have a great team spirit as well.

As things stand, Liverpool have 70 points from 36 games, which means the highest number of points they could finish on is 76. It's a good opportunity to show your character, how you come back and how you recover from that.

"If you look at those two, Ozil and Sanchez, I would definitely be desperate to keep Sanchez".

"It could go to a tribunal but our club would rather try and sort a deal out with Leeds if we're going to do it instead of going to tribunal". We don't see this as a trend, in terms of being below ninth.

First up, a trip to Stoke, a venue with few positive memories for Arsenal, who have not won at the bet365 Stadium since February 2010.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland unavailable for Saturday's Premier League clash with Arsenal.