Arsenal close in on Champions League spot after Newcastle win

Arsenal closed in on securing the final Champions League spot with a 3-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

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Wenger: Injuries took toll on Arsenal's title challenge

Arsene Wenger admits injuries took their toll on Arsenal's title challenge as his side moved closer to securing a Champions League football for a 17th consecutive year.

Arsenal's 3-0 win against Newcastle United moved the north London team four points ahead of Everton, but Wenger admits the Gunners want more than just a Champions League place.

Arsene Wenger admits he expects more than just a Champions League place. Credit: PA Wire

"We had Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Koscielny all out in the same period - you can miss one or two but four or five will affect any team," Wenger said.

"Finishing in the top four shows the club has been consistent over the years. We want more but at the crucial period of this season we lost many players.

"We have shown we have potential but we want more next season."

Arsenal close in on Champions League spot with win

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with teammates Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey. Credit: PA Wire

Arsenal closed in on securing the final Champions League spot with a 3-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

The London side are now four points ahead of Everton with just two games remaining.

Goals from Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud helped Arsenal ease to a comfortable victory.

The north London side are also looking forward to an FA Cup final against Hull City at Wembley on May 17.

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Mourinho insists best team won after 'two buses' claim

Jose Mourinho said the best team won after Chelsea's 2-0 win at Liverpool as he dismissed suggestions his side played defensively.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said the London side "parked two buses" after his side's defeat which left Chelsea just two points behind the leader.

Jose Mourinho celebrates his side's 2-0 win. Credit: PA Wire

However, Mourinho dismissed suggestions that his side were overly defensive during the win.

"It was a defensive display? I'm a bit confused with what the media thinks about defensive displays. When a team defends well you call it defensive display. When a team defends badly and concedes two or three goals you don't mention a defensive display," the Chelsea manager said.

"The best team won, in my opinion. The team played brilliantly. Every player was magnificent. No mistakes."

Read: Mourinho says Chelsea still have no 'chance' of winning title

Mourinho: Chelsea still have no 'chance' of winning title

Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea "have no chance" of winning the Premier League title despite his side's 2-0 win at Liverpool on Sunday.

The win ended Liverpool's 11-match winning streak and move Chelsea to within two points of their rivals.

Chelsea celebrate their 2-0 win at Anfield. Credit: PA Wire

"There is no chance. We were waiting for this match to be the title match [decider] for a long time but for some reason this match didn't become the title match," Mourinho said.

"It was three important points and we need one more to finish third and if we finish third we are in the Champions League automatically.

"A champion is only one team so we don't want a trophy to finish third but we can say we won both matches against the champion as we won both against Liverpool and against City."

Chelsea Twitter account full of praise

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A quite brilliant performances from the Blues. Rock-solid at the back throughout and clinical when it mattered at the other end. #CFCLive

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Every single player in blue was magnificent out there today. It's very hard to single anyway out for praise...#CFCLive

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...but on his full debut Tomas Kalas deserves so much credit for his showing today against the most lethal attack in the country. #CFCLive

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Mourinho still considering keeper crisis

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has suggested he is not prepared to risk goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer in today's match at Liverpool as the Premier League leaders' strikers go looking for contact in the penalty area.

A dislocated shoulder for Petr Cech means Schwarzer is Mourinho's temporary number one and is needed for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Atletico Madrid.

Mourinho instead hinted third-choice goalkeeper Hilario will be his selection as he fears Schwarzer could be hurt by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

It would be Hilario's first appearance in two-and-a-half years.

"When the goalkeeper comes and these kind of strikers go there to hit the goalkeeper and dive for the penalty, it's even more dangerous."

– Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager
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