Arsene Wenger taking each game as it comes as Arsenal target fourth

Just 10 minutes after the restart and Arsenal doubled their lead, Alexis Sanchez providing a defence-splitting ball to play Mesut Ozil through one-on-one, with the Germany global smartly sliding his shot past Jack Butland.

Sanchez's goal settled Arsenal's nerves after Peter Crouch had pulled a goal back for Stoke, appearing to use his hand to deflect a cross into the net.

Having won 4 of their last 5 league games, Arsenal are just a point adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City.

"I've got a good bunch of players here and every one of them puts in a real shift when they are picked", he said. If they want to carry on with Wenger for two, three more years and languish where we have been for the last 13 years and never really compete for the two major trophies, then so be it.

If you're not already exhausted of seeing Liverpool and Arsenal's emotional ride of massive lows and semi-massive highs this season, then good news!

If Liverpool drop points at West Ham on Sunday, Arsenal would secure another year of Champions League football if they beat Sunderland on Tuesday and Everton next weekend. Arsene Wenger, a target of abuse for much of the season, was even greeted with rapturous applause as he walked toward the fans.

Arsenal will look to close-in on the top four with a win when we take on Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday evening.

'When we play at home especially, and you are dominating the games, it's important to have someone who can pass from deep areas through the lines.

They have not won there since 2010, losing on four of their eight visits, and Wenger's men will be hopeful of ending that sorry sequence so long as Alexis Sanchez is in the team.

Arsenal now have scored 68 goals and have a goal difference of 26 whilst Liverpool have scored 71 and a goal difference of 29. The Hard Tackle predicts another comfortable win for the Gunners.

Despite Nicholas' comments, Sanchez can point towards a goal record that stands up to most in the Premier League.

Aside from a 10-minute spell either side of the Stoke goal, a sequence that started with Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf missing an open goal from an Arnautovic cross, there was little to trouble the Gunners.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to draft Hector Bellerin back into the first team fold in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the remaining games of the season, after the England global sustained a hamstring injury.