Arsenal fighting to stave off Champions League 'disappointment'

Arsenal fighting to stave off Champions League 'disappointment'

Arsenal fighting to stave off Champions League 'disappointment'

Goal difference and goals scored will, as usual, be used to split any teams who are level on points - but the Premier League could see its first-ever playoff if two teams finish with identical records of points, goals scored and goals conceded.

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has been included; the Chilean has 10 assists and 21 Premier League goals in a season his side have struggled for form.

In addition to their hunt for fourth place, Sanchez, Wenger and Arsenal will face London rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup final May 27.

"(After) what we have seen this season, I congratulate Chelsea for what they have done, but you see as well, when they play in Europe it will be a different story.

City manager Guardiola is now within touching distance of securing his minimum objective of Champions League qualification following a straightforward home win over West Brom.

A freakish penalty "miss" by Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez at the Etihad Stadium allowed Manchester City to squeeze out a 2-1 victory that lifted them to third place, above Liverpool.

So it's a pretty big deal, which is why the race for the Champions League places has always been a competition in its own right. We take a look at some of the key talking points from the game.

For Liverpool to clinch a top-four spot ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United, who heavily outspent them in the transfer market, would be a significant achievement and last week's vibrant 4-0 win over West Ham United, suggests Wenger should not hold his breath even if Anfield has witnessed several dismal home performances this season. We have to wait until the end of the season.

Arsenal's best hope is a shock Boro win; it's my view that if they don't get that slice of lucky, it's all over.

It has already been confirmed that Zabaleta - one of City's most popular players - will be leaving City after nine years, and he came on for the final half hour. The Gunners only have an outside chance here, and I'm not looking favourably on their odds.

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