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

United look likely to finish sixth in the Premier League this season banking a huge payday

The Gunners will head into the final match of the season fifth in the standings, a point behind fourth-place Liverpool, while Manchester City, in third, are a further two points clear. Champions Chelsea are of course guaranteed Champions League football next season, as are Spurs, but for one of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, a year in the Europa League beckons.

City, with 75 points, are in third place, two points ahead of Liverpool and three better than Arsenal.

A title charge at Anfield this season has also fizzled out, but Klopp's men have recovered late in the season and will guarantee a Champions League return with a win on the last day of the season at home to relegated Middlesbrough.

Alexis Sanchez kept alive Arsenal's fading hopes of qualifying for the Champions League as the Chilean broke Sunderland's stubborn resistance to seal a crucial 2-0 win on Tuesday.

Liverpool must beat the relegated Teessiders to secure a place in next season's Champions League for the only the second time since 2009. Middlesbrough will need a fresh start in the Championship if they want to Keeps tabs on Premier League news.

They returned to the Champions League in 2014-15 as Premier League runners-up the previous season, but failed to progress beyond the group stage.

Despite a recent improvement in Arsenal's results, the club's fans have staged a number of protests against both the manager and the likes of Kroenke and Gazidis for their handling of the side in recent years.

With a superior goal difference of five to that of Arsenal, who are three points behind, it would take a big turnaround to deny City.

He said: "Because sometimes when I look at the team we have and the players here. because when it comes to winning the Premier League we often lose or draw against teams at home when we are superior".

West Brom held out for 27 minutes at City but Gabriel and De Bruyne made it 2-0 with two goals in three minutes. Arsenal and City could have to play a third/fourth place play-off if Liverpool lose their final game, or a fourth/fifth place play-off if the Reds win.

Scenario no. 2: Manchester City v ArsenalWhere anything's possible, depending on Liverpool.

Once you are out of it, even if you are as powerful as United and Liverpool, it is increasingly hard to get back in and Arsenal may finally be about to discover that for themselves.

Arsenal's game with Everton will not be televised, with Sky opting to follow the action between Manchester City and Watford at Vicarage Road instead.



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