Wenger says Arsenal must 'fight like mad' for top-four finish


Victory, sealed by Alexis Sanchez's extra-time victor, was a much-needed boost for all connected with Arsenal in a season that could yet end with the club missing out on a top four Premier League place, which brings with it the prize of Champions League qualification.

"In games like this, a semi-final is like a final, you can not expect control every situation but we control most of the time".

The last time the Foxes visited Arsenal's territory, they came here as league leaders looking to keep the Gunners at bay and away from the Premier League's summit.

"First of all, he is happy here and his desire is to stay".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's record of having won at least one trophy in every season as a manager is nearly certain to be ended.

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You know, I feel the club is in a very strong shape and that we have a very strong overall situation and a very strong team.

The derby clash between City and United will be of great importance for both the teams as they fight with other teams for a berth in next season's Champions League.

It was exactly the kind of do or die situation that has been the downfall of Wenger's notoriously fragile team in the past.

The 67-year-old Frenchman, whose contract is up at the end of the season, saw some of the pressure from disgruntled fans ease with Sunday's Wembley victory.

Asked if there was any news, he simply replied "no", and repeated the response when pressed on whether he had any idea when an announcement will be made.

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As for whether any decision would be based around how Arsenal perform over the final few weeks of the season, the answer once again was "no".

Wenger has led his side to a top-four finish every season since joining the club in 1996.

Sunday's last-four victory followed Arsenal's win the previous week at Middlesbrough when the under fire Wenger responded to his side's alarming dip in form by changing to a three-man backline.

"Transfer targets are important for the future of the club".

"That (my future) is secondary, what is important is the future of the club", he added.

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Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with moves for the 28-year-old, who scored the extra-time victor against the former as Arsenal advanced to the FA Cup final on Sunday.