Gunners need perfection for rescue mission

Sports | Apr 19, 2017
Beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger challenged his players to win every game between now and the end of the season to keep alive faint hopes of a top-four English Premier League finish.

Seven league wins is the only way the Frenchman reckons that Arsenal can secure a Champions League place after ending a run of four away league defeats with a 2-1 victory over struggling Middlesbrough. "We have to win every game to have a chance to get in the top four," said Wenger, who has yet to finish outside the top four in his 21-year reign.

Wenger switched personnel and formation as he looked to put an end to one of the worst runs in his managerial career. He made six changes and played three at the back for the first time since 1997.

"It was tough for us because they are fighting hard to stay in the division and we might have ridden our luck on one or two occasions but I thought we were defensively stronger than previous games," Wenger said.

Wenger's tactics helped keep a determined home side at bay and the Gunners won thanks to Mesut Ozil's second-half goal after Boro's Alvaro Negredo had canceled out Alexis Sanchez' opener for Arsenal.

Brighton and Hove Albion ended their 34-year wait for a return to the top flight when they were promoted to the Premier League.

Championship leaders Brighton beat Wigan 2-1 and their promotion was confirmed when Huddersfield Town could only manage a 1-1 draw at Derby County.

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp , 70, has returned to football as the new boss of Championship strugglers Birmingham, replacing Gianfranco Zola.


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