Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that his only regret from the 2-0 victory over West Brom on Thursday night (21 April) was that his side didn't score more goals. The boss, meanwhile, revealed that Kieran Gibbs failed to make the squad against the Baggies due to a problem in his back. He played down a major injury concern as it only looks a "short-term" issue.
The Gunners arrived at the game after waving goodbye to the Premier League title with two consecutive draws against West Ham and Crystal Palace. Sanchez avoided another slip by scoring two goals in the first-half of the game to boost their hopes to secure the top four.
"I believe we dominated from the start to the last minute, in fact what we did against Crystal Palace. Overall I believe the quality of our game was very good. Maybe, we could have scored more goals. That is the only thing you could say tonight. We didn't concede and couldn't finish the game off the way we wanted," Wenger said in the press conference after the game.
Wenger, nevertheless, praised Sanchez after the Chilean international led his side once again with his fourth and fifth goals in the last four games to move the Gunners up to the third position at the Premier League table, five points behind Tottenham and four points clear of Manchester United in fifth.
"He had a top quality first half and I think he dropped a bit in the second half physically. Overall, his contribution was vital today," Wenger said, while adding that the next target for the Gunners is to end the season on a high without looking too much to the title race battle between Tottenham and Leicester City.
"We want to finish as high as possible. You never know what happens in front of you. There can still be twists and turns but we want to win our games. We came out of West Ham and Crystal Palace thinking we had produced the quality and didn't get the points. If you look at our last five games, we won at Everton, we won against Watford, we had two draws and we won today," he said.
"The regret we have is being in the lead against West Ham and being in the lead against Crystal Palace and not getting the points. I don't know where we'll finish but we have to give everything in every game. We go to Sunderland, Sunderland fight not to go down. That will be a battle and we have to prepare for that."
Yet, the French boss also provided some bad news after revealing that Gibbs couldn't make the squad due to a problem in his back.
Wenger said: "He (Gibbs) had a back problem," Wenger confirmed. "It looks short term. He had a training session today."