Date: 8th May 2017 at 11:12am
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Arsene Wenger, in what could still be his final Premier League encounter with Jose Mourinho, finally got one over the former Chelsea boss when Arsenal saw off Manchester United.

Sunday’s win, ending Man United’s 25 game unbeaten run, took Arsenal to within two points of United, fifth, but more importantly kept the gap between the Gunners and Manchester City, fourth, at six points and seven to Liverpool, third, with a game in hand on City and two on Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The chances are Arsenal, defeat at Tottenham a week or so ago probably ended these hopes, will finish in fifth, at best, but all the while there’s hope of a Champions League spot Wenger isn’t giving up.

However, he did concede Arsenal will need ‘some help’, and a win over Southampton in midweek, if an unlikely top-four finish is to be achieved.

Wenger told Sky Sports: ‘We still have a mathematical chance [of making the top four]. We need some help but the best help we can get is from our own focus and to win our games.’

On the game itself the boss said: ‘We had to look at ourselves first as I said before the game. I think it was a patience-built win and you could see in the first half that we were a bit nervous and a bit slow in the second half. We had a good spell and took advantage of it with two goals in two minutes and that was the win today.’

Wenger hadn’t been able to beat his nemesis Mourinho in the Premier League previously but this victory, also making it successive home wins over Man United since 2001, broke that duck. Not that the boss was too worried about personal success.

He added: ‘I don’t think it is manager against manager. I think sometimes it happens but they will be less successful with some teams than others.’

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