Wenger gives little away as Arsenal faces top-4 exclusion
- Author: Julie Sanders May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 17:27
The biggest issue will be the fact that we will miss out on being one of the consistent members of the Champions League and we will have to be careful that missing out for the first time doesn't send us on a spiral, much like what happened to Liverpool.
Here are ten reasons to pay attention to each of Sunday's games.
Arsenal's inconsistent performances in the second half of the season led them to a second-placed finish last campaign and the same problem affected them this season, with 10 wins in their last l8 league fixtures dropping them to fifth position.
Everton are set to have an unchanged squad. They need to win the game to have any chance of finishing in the top four.
Wenger's contract expires at the end of the season and he has yet to give any indication as to whether he'll be staying on as Arsenal manager, although all signs points to the Frenchman wanting to extend his 21-year tenure in north London.
Alexis Sanchez played despite an injury and scored both goals against Sunderland so he will definitely feature against the Blues, although it is still unclear as to whether Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck will start up front for Arsene Wenger's side. His first foray into management took him to Wycombe prior to spells at Portsmouth and Azerbaijan Premier League side Gabala.
However, this is highly unlikely to stop Koeman from fielding his strongest side against the Gunners, so Barkley will nearly certainly feature up front alongside Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku on Sunday evening.
The fourth-placed team could also lose its UCL spot to Manchester United if it beats Ajax in the Europa League final on Friday morning (AEST).
"But you know these teams need to play Champions League".
A frantic end to Everton's 2-1 win over Arsenal last December saw the Gunners have two efforts cleared off the line, a penalty appeal turned down and Everton waste a golden chance to seal victory on the break.
Burnley, for instance, could finish as low as 17th, earning £7.6m in prize money, or as high as 11th, which would be worth £19m - a difference of £11.4m.
The match, therefore, is worth a potential £11.4m to them - roughly what they paid for midfielder Luka Milivojevic.
"If you want to be the best league in the world, you should not even question that". Paul Clement, with survival assured, could still move above Burnley's Sean Dyche in the standings as well.
As it stands, Manchester City are third in the league with 75 points. While all of their respective fate's are yet to be decided, entering the season, if you were to ask Arsenal fans, nearly all would have wanted Sanchez and Ozil to stay, while the former was a much more divisive figure.