Beating Arsenal will be boost for next season: Morgan Schneiderlin

Posted May 20, 2017

Has this year's Premier League season been boring?

City are away to Watford on the final day - Sunday (Monday NZT) - while Arsenal host Everton and Liverpool welcome Middlesbrough.

Liverpool now sit fourth, one point ahead of Arsenal and with a better goal difference, but if they were to trip up against an already relegated Middlesbrough, Arsenal would simply need to beat Everton to keep their run of top four finishes going.

Wenger said at his Friday morning press conference that former players did not have a "divine right" to return to the club in coaching roles, which should be awarded on merit.

Arsenal were in the title race until the turn of the year when a terrible run of form saw them drop off the pace to such an extent that they head into the final round of Premier League matches needing a win to keep alive their hopes of a top-four finish.

"He has become a top class player here".

City will be certain of the top four if they earn a point at Watford on Sunday.

Guardiola's City are now two points above Liverpool with a superior goal difference, so if they can only draw at Watford and Liverpool win at home to Middlesbrough, there is a chance the clubs could tie for third and face a play-off for the spot in the Champions League group stage. So, all Manchester City need is a draw and they will be guaranteed of a top-four finish.

The west London side wrapped up their first title under Antonio Conte at West Brom last week thanks to a 1-0 win against the Baggies. They could now finish outside the top half if they fail to beat Swansea on the final day.

THE Premier League season draws to a close on Sunday. No one has contributed to more Premier League goals than the 33 goals Sanchez has.

Reports suggest Wenger is planning to stay and if that is the case the 67-year-old could do with boosting his plunging approval ratings by somehow gate-crashing the Champions League party.

"But they've taken it because they believe that something will happen and that something will change". However, they simply can not throw away the lead from here.

Liverpool have discovered this harsh reality since Rafa Benitez's team crashed out in the group stage in 2009-10. Whichever two teams finish highest in the table will be in next season's Champions League, the other side faces Thursday night matches in the Europa League. Arsenal - for the first time in 20 years - is the favorite to miss out.

Defeat at Debrecen in 2010 knocked Liverpool out of the Champions League - they have only returned once since then.

Whether it will be enough to save Arsenal's dispiriting season remains to be seen.

Alexis Sanchez kept Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive after scoring twice in the final 18 minutes.

Liverpool have finished outside the top four in six of the last eight seasons.

Rocked by Arsenal's failure to live up to his expectations and battered by mounting criticism from furious fans, Wenger has been under fire like never before in his 21-year reign ― and the lowest moment of all is likely to come at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

"We have a hard game - let's not forget this first", Cech told the Daily Express.

Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC.