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Arsenal keeps top four hopes alive as Wenger ends Mourinho curse

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Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka (R) celebrates with Arsenal’s Spanish defender Nacho Monreal (L) and Arsenal’s English striker Danny Welbeck (C) after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on May 7, 2017. Arsenal won the game 2-0. Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP

If Arsene Wenger wants to make a genuine case for extending his tenure at Arsenal then a win over his bogey manager certainly goes some way to making a difference, writes goal.com.

The Frenchman’s only previous victory over Jose Mourinho came in the 2015 Community Shield and the 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium is a result which has far wider significance than Wenger ending his dismal record against the Manchester United boss, as it keeps the Gunners hot on the tails of Manchester City and Liverpool for that coveted top-four spot.

Wenger’s managerial future is the most discussed topic in English football this season. After 21 years in north London, and his reluctance to reveal his intentions over whether he’s staying or leaving, the apathetic feeling among many of the supporters has reached breaking point in terms of their relationship with the manager. Protests before Sunday’s game saw between 50 and 100 fans walk to the Emirates with banners, which included signage such as
‘Time for Change’, but will the Arsenal hierarchy want that change if Wenger somehow salvages what’s left of the campaign?

United’s second-string side never looked like opening Arsenal up and credit should be given to the improved partnership of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey in midfield. The latter made several driving runs into the box and was a menacing figure in the final third of the pitch and, despite his tendency to frustrate the home faithful, would have pleased Wenger for the manner in which a box-to-box player should dominate the game.

Similarly, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s seventh assist of the Premier League season provided a timely reminder of the potential that he possesses and offers Wenger further reason to extend the England international’s contract.

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