Arsene Wenger delighted at Arsenal win, Mourinho accepts top-four finish impossible

A visibly ecstatic Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke glowingly of his players in the aftermath of their 2-0 win over arch-rivals Manchester United in their English Premier League clash on Sunday.

Indeed, next up for Man United is the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Celta Vigo, and they will enter Thursday's fixture at Old Trafford boasting a 1-0 lead from the first leg last week.

Two goals in three minutes were enough to end United's 25-match unbeaten run in the league as Xhaka scored with a shot deflected off Ander Herrera before the impressive Welbeck headed home Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross.

And whether United's Champions League hopes now rest on the Europa League, he said: "I think with the last result against Swansea and the defeat today we have to be pragmatic and see it is hard [to finish in the top four]". "He says that Sergio Aguero was intelligent, the way he reacted, but the only thing I know is that we had to play almost 15 minutes with a exhausted team". But you can not say that we did not try to win the game and that's what we are going to try to do in the remaining three matches in the Premier League.

'We need some luck along the way but if we win the next four games, I'm convinced we can do it.

Manchester United are not out of the running in fifth but it is Arsenal who look the biggest threat for a place in the top four.

"Lets just build on this now and finish the season off strongly, hopefully win them all and see where that takes us".

If they can not travel to their major English rivals and win, what chance do they have at the Nou Camp or the Bernabeu where Real Madrid and Barcelona usually score for fun? "So I am glad for them".

"We didn't deserve to lose", he said.

"We started a bit nervous and under pressure but slowly we became better and, in the second half we controlled well the game", Wenger said.

Arsenal will climb above United with a win at Southampton on Wednesday.

"Arsenal were not better than us in my opinion".

It meant the 19-year-old Axel Tuanzebe was handed his Premier League debut, at right back up against Alexis Sanchez, and he performed excellently.

"The pundits are a bit surprised by that because 10 or 15 years ago that did not exist but it is an overall worldwide thing", Wenger said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's Premier League trip to Southampton.

Despite the win the Gunners hopes of finishing in the top four for the 21st consecutive season are out of their hands, although Liverpool's goalless draw with Southampton earlier on Sunday was an added boost for the north London outfit.

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