How Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City could face a Champions League play-off

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

Aaron Ramsey was substituted in the 2-0 win over Sunderland but Arsene Wenger said afterwards that the Welsh midfielder was "alright" and he is expected to continue alongside the fast-improving Granit Xhaka.

The Gunners' sixth victory in their last seven games leaves them in fifth place, one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool and three adrift of third-placed Manchester City.

"The good thing is to win the Champions League, so you win a trophy and you have Champions League football next season", added Klopp, whose Liverpool close out their season at home to relegated Middlesbrough on Sunday.

"If we can't beat Boro at home, we don't deserve a Champions League place", was Liverpool legend John Aldridge's take on the matter, and it's impossible to disagree with that. We now have 72 and want to go to 75. Maybe they are, as well, better than us.

As you can see from the table above, the three clubs are now separated by three points, a five-goal swing in goal difference and just one goal scored.

Chelsea were confirmed as Premier League winners last week, with Spurs guaranteed second place.

A repeat of the FA Cup semi-final could be in the offing should City lose 4-0 to Watford and Arsenal earn three points with a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough - equally, if City lose 5-1 and Arsene Wenger's side win 2-1, the teams would have to meet.

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"For me it is not a surprise because in 17 years of working as a manager, it's probably happened 15 times minimum [that it has gone] until the last matchday... We had the mentality to win at all costs and we won and we won well". "I didn't count the number of empty seats. But again we learnt a lot and we will bring in quality".

What is certain, whoever finishes fourth will face a very tricky Champions League tie. Arsenal stress that they have been working hard to improve the ticket exchange and that 70,000 tickets have been reused in this way during the season.

"The better we finish, maybe the easier it will be". Even if they lose, it would require both their rivals to win and Arsenal to overturn a goal difference deficit of five to leapfrog them. "I think that a coach that gave this club a stadium, trophies and who has been there 21 years should have a statue done to remember him forever".

"Once he is on the pitch and has the ball he becomes a devil and forgets his pain".

"Hopefully that will last for a long time".

"That's an insult to footballers. I'd hate anyone questioning whether we would chuck a game", Moyes said. Every morning I have my treatment for my Achilles and I know I need to do this to the end of my career.

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