Wenger says “a lot to fight for” down the stretch, gives Alexis update

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Arsene Wenger says things are better at Arsenal following a draw against Man City and a sound defeat of West Ham.

The embattled manager has been the focus of speculation for months given his contract status and the club’s struggles, but says his team has kept its head and focus on a Top Four spot in the Premier League.

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“We came out of a very difficult period and I think what we’ve shown is that we are united and we are focused and determined to do things right again,” Wenger said Friday. “That was questioned for a while and I think we gave the right response. We have to show that focus until the end of the season. There’s a lot to fight for.”

Arsenal plays at Crystal Palace on Monday in one of two battles against relegation strugglers before a gauntlet of games. The Gunners have a 14-day stretch that sees them play Man City in the FA Cup semifinals before PL matches against Leicester, Tottenham, and Manchester United.

They’ll need Alexis Sanchez to continue his starring role, and Wenger does not seem too worried about the Chilean’s future at the Emirates Stadium. Wenger says he believes Sanchez wants to stay at Arsenal, and that the player’s agent is the bigger concern.