Rich fans don't influence me, says Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger

The major blow for Arsenal could be the potential absence of Alexis Sanchez who suffered a knock in the club's 4-1 win against Stoke City. I'm not influenced by that at all, all I do is give my best.

Whether or not they finish in the top four and secure a spot in UEFA Champions League, however, is no longer in the Gunners' hands - they sit in fifth place, four points behind Liverpool, with a game in hand and two more Premier League matches to play.

As things now stand, the league table looks like this and barring a remarkable Man City collapse in their last two games vs West Brom and Watford, it's looking like Wenger's golden streak of Champions League football will be coming to an end.

He admitted he would be a West Ham United fan on Sunday as Liverpool bid to keep ahead of Arsenal in the race for the top four. We have 69 points, on Tuesday [Wednesday AEST] will look to make it 72. I am in sport, I love sport, I give 24 hours a day for what I love and all the rest ...

Pardew thinks Wenger's switch is the reason Arsenal are still in with a chance of qualifying for the Champions League. "But I have no special opinion on that".

Wenger said he was "not in politics" when asked if such a move represented the values he believes Arsenal stand for but did quip it would take a "rich one" to send the missive into the skies.

"I think that he has blossomed in this position now and overall he enjoys it".

"The Frenchman, whose side face Chelsea in the FA Cup final later this month, said: "(After) what we have seen this season, I congratulate Chelsea for what they have done, but you see as well, when they play in Europe it will be a different story.

Third-bottom Hull City trail Swansea by four points and will be all but relegated if they do not win at Crystal Palace - who are level on points with Swansea - on Sunday.

After Olivier Giroud's 42nd-minute opener, the pair combined for a sensational second - Sanchez's pinpoint pass finding Ozil in the box and the German obliged with a lovely dink beyond Jack Butland.

Stoke hit back though a controversial 67th-minute Peter Crouch effort, which saw him appear to divert the ball in with his arm, before goals from Alexis Sanchez in the 76th minute and Giroud 10 minutes from time wrapped things up for the visitors. Sanchez was excellent and just before he was due to come off injured, he popped up and scored the third goal.

"I don't know what it was, but he's a fighter and found the resources to score an excellent goal after".

This bet has paid out in eight of the Gunners' last nine home league matches and 13 times overall this term at the Emirates, making it a shrewd selection for the game on Tuesday night.

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