Arsene Wenger: Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is 'the devil'

Alexis has become complete player at Arsenal- Wenger

Wenger's gamble paid off as Sanchez scored twice after the break to keep Arsenal's slim top-four hopes alive and the Gunners boss had nothing but praise for his star attacker after the final whistle.

Manchester City are in third spot with 75 points, Liverpool have 73 and Arsenal 72.

Two goals from Alexis Sanchez moved Arsene Wenger's side to within a point of Liverpool in the race for the Uefa Champions League places, with Everton set to visit the Emirates stadium this weekend.

David Moyes' Sunderland fell further back as the match progressed, clearly happy with the draw and it seemed as the Arsenal supporters groups that had boycotted the game would be vindicated.

Sanchez finally broke down their resistance as he tapped home Mesut Ozil's cross before heading home from close range with nine minutes left.

"We set up to try to make it hard for Arsenal and for long periods I thought we did that".

The three points against the Black Cats also assured Arsenal of a top-five finish, meaning they will at least play in the Europa League next year.

"We had plenty of shots on goal, but we needed to be patient", Wenger said. We were frustrated at half-time not to be leading.

Arsenal's 2-0 win meant that Manchester City, 3-1 winners at home against West Bromwich Albion, will still need a point to be absolutely certain of finishing in the top four.

"We will concentrate on our game and there is only one thing we can do which is to win and then hope the other results will go our way, which if they don't, they don't. After that you deal with what happens", he told BBC Sport.

Meanwhile, the Frenchman allayed fears over an injury to Aaron Ramsey ahead of the last Premier League game of the season against Everton and the FA Cup final with Chelsea.

"I have to say you want to have the Champions League one rather than the Europa League one but you can see more and more, big teams are treating the Europa League with respect because it is a European trophy".

"We had a hard patch after the Bayern game because it was hard to recover".

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