Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal can finish in the top four

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On Tuesday night Arsenal went back into the top four of the Premier League, as they gutted out a 3-1 win over London rivals West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium.

Talking to reporters after the game, their manager Arsene Wenger knows his side must keep their foot to the floor for the rest of the season if they’re going to overhaul Everton’s slender advantage in the race for a top four finish.

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The Toffees have a game in hand and are one point behind Arsenal, meaning that if Roberto Martinez’s side win out, they will finish fourth and qualify for the UEFA Champions League at Arsenal’s expense.

However Wenger is adamant there will be no easy games between now and the end of the season, as he’s focusing on what the Gunners can do.

“In the Premier League, if you can find me some easy games I am taking them, but I haven’t seen some this season,” Wenger said. “We know we have to win our games and hope that Everton will slip up somewhere. Let’s focus on our job and not look too much at Everton. If we need that we’ll see when we need it, but at the moment we can only do it if we win our games, so let’s focus on that.”

(MORE: Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United – Podolski double puts Gunners back in the win column)

With back-to-back wins (well, we are calling Saturday’s PK defeat of Wigan in the FA Cup semifinal a win) confidence is building in Arsenal’s camp ahead of their four remaining games. With away trips to Hull and Norwich to negotiate, plus extremely winnable home matches against Newcastle and West Brom, you’d expect Wenger’s men to pick up maximum points and finish on 79 points at the end of the season.

If they win out, will Arsenal clinch the final UCL spot over Everton? Wenger believes his side have a very good chance.

“It improves the confidence of the team. Saturday and tonight improves the confidence of the team, but we know we have one advantage – the picture is very clear in front of us,” Wenger said. “We have compulsory wins in front of us. We want to do it of course. It doesn’t depend solely on us but it’s a good chance that if we win all our games it’s possible, yes.”

WATCH: Spain’s Saul smashes a shot past Italy’s Donnarumma

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Since returning from a loan at Rayo Vallecano, Saul Niguez has been a somewhat under the radar star at Atletico Madrid.

Coming off his best season with Atleti, the 22-year-old Saul is making an even bigger name for himself at the U-21 EURO this summer.

Spain’s Saul scored a hat trick past Gianluigi Donnarumma and Italy on Tuesday, and the second goal was laced with venom.

Getting onto the ball from 30-plus yards out, Saul smashed his shot with enough power that the ball barely had occasion to rotate.

Saul is under contract at the Vicente Calderon through 2022, and has three caps for Spain’s senior team, too. He was rated Atleti’s third-best performer by WhoScored this season.

Men in Blazers podcast: Transfer window, USMNT at Gold Cup, RBNY-NYCFC

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Men In Blazers are back with their latest podcast, and the boys are hitting club soccer here and abroad as well as Bruce Arena’s men in the red, white, and blue.

Rog and Davo break down transfer window activity, rumored and real; get a heat check on the USMNT heading into the Gold Cup; and recap the (Ray) Hudson River Derby.

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Agent Jorge Mendes appears before judge in Falcao tax probe

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MADRID (AP) Football agent Jorge Mendes has told a Spanish judge that he had no involvement in the financial planning of client Radamel Falcao, who has been accused by a state prosecutor of tax fraud.

Mendes, who is not accused of any wrongdoing, appeared before a judge in a Madrid court for 45 minutes on Tuesday as part of the probe into whether there are grounds for the case against Falcao to go to trial.

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Mendes’ agency, Gestifute, released a statement saying that “neither he nor his employees have ever intervened in the creation of corporate structures for his clients and much less provided any tax advice to them.”

Last month, a state prosecutor accused Falcao of defrauding Spain’s Tax Office of around $6 million from 2012-13. The alleged unpaid taxes were from money the Colombian player made from endorsement deals through image rights, not from the salary he was then being paid from club Atletico Madrid. Falcao now plays for Monaco.

Arfield, Adekugbe on Canada’s Gold Cup roster

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Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield and on-loan Brighton defender Samuel Adekugbe are among the players who will represent Canada in this summer’s Gold Cup.

Arfield, 28, was born in Scotland and earned the first of seven Canada caps in 2016, and Adekugbe returns to Vancouver from a year-long loan to Brighton and Hove Albion on June 30.

The pair join nine MLS players, two NASL player, and a USL player, with the rest of the group based outside North America.

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Notably, Orlando City players Will Johnson and Cyle Larin were not called up by coach Octavio Zambrano.

Goalkeepers: Maxime Crepeau (Montreal), Milan Borjan (MKS Korona Kielce), Jayson Leutwiler (Shrewsbury Town)

Defenders: Samuel Adekugbe (Brighton and Hove Albion), Fraser Aird, Manjrekar James (Vasas Budapest), Dejan Jakovic (New York Cosmos), Adam Straith (FC Edmonton), Steven Vitoria (Lechia Gdansk), Marcel de Jong (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Midfielders: Scott Arfield (Burnley), Patrice Bernier (Montreal), Alphonso Davies (Vancouver), Raheem Edwards (Toronto FC), Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Louisville City FC), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto), Michael Petrasso (QPR), Samuel Piette (CD Izarra), Russell Teibert (Vancouver)

Forwards: Lucas Cavallini (CA Penarol), Tosaint Ricketts (Toronto)