Arsenal face a battle against the odds to sneak into the Premier League’s top-four in this weeks finale, with the Gunners looking likely to miss out on Champions League football next season.
Arsene Wenger’s side currently sit four points behind Liverpool and can close the gap to just a single point if they beat Sunderland this evening but a victory for the Reds against Middlesbrough this weekend would see Jurgen Klopp’s side secure a finish above Arsenal.
The Gunners also have an outside chance of pipping Manchester City to a Champions League spot, with Arsenal currently three points behind, but a single for the Citizens in their last two matches would likely be enough to finish above Arsenal- who’d need a five-goal swing to leapfrog Pep Guardiola’s men.
That’s left Arsenal preparing for inevitable involvement in the Europa League next season and French ace Laurent Koscielny has admitted not playing in the Premier League would be disappointing, in comments made to Sky Sports.
“We perform every weekend to be in the top four and to fight for the title over the season. To not be in the Champions League next season would be a very disappointing situation for us but we will fight until the end to have as much of a chance to be there next season,”
“The Champions League is a competition that a player wants to play in because you play against the best teams in Europe and it is always an important competition… It is very important for Arsenal to be with the best teams in the world.”
“We have a small chance [of making the top four], but in football, you don’t know, especially in England. All the teams can win against each other and we need to do our job first, to have the two wins and after that, we wait for the results of Liverpool and Man City.”
Arsenal will need to win both of their remaining fixtures to stand any chance of finishing in the Champions League spots, with the Gunners facing a difficult conclusion to the campaign as they host Everton on the final day.