Arsenal fighting to stave off Champions League 'disappointment'

The upturn in results looks likely to come too late for Arsene Wenger and his side, however, as a place in the top four is now improbable with Liverpool and Manchester City also victorious over the weekend.

Arsenal have qualified for European football's top competition annually since 1996 and missing out this year would be a huge blow to under-pressure manager, Arsene Wenger.

Laurent Koscielny is also rated doubtful due to a calf problem, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

On Sunday, Liverpool welcome relegated Boro to Anfield while Arsenal host Everton and City travel to Watford.

With one round of Premier League matches to play, the easiest way to get your head around it is first of all by seeing how things now stand.

IT'S QUITE UNLIKELY to occur but there is a chance that this season's Premier League spots for the Champions League could be decided by a play-off.

Goal difference and goals scored will, as usual, be used to split any teams who are level on points - but the Premier League could see its first-ever playoff if two teams finish with identical records of points, goals scored and goals conceded.

City (75 points, 36 goal difference, 75 goals scored) have the edge over Liverpool (73, 33, 75) and Arsenal (72, 31, 74).

"It is a hard situation, we don't know what happens with the boss", he said.

However, Wenger ruled out a major blow after the game, suggesting that the Wales worldwide could be ready for both the coming Premier League against Middlesbrough and the FA Cup final with Chelsea.

The Gunners have been quite inconsistent which is why they find themselves hoping that Liverpool slip up on the final day of the season in order to secure a top four spot.

"I don't know whether it would be successful or not, but I think it would be positive to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final", Sanchez added.

Speaking to the Mirror, he said: "The better we finish, maybe the easier it will be". Sometimes I could say yes and sometimes I could say no, so I think we will respect his decision.

We need to fight for this club and don't think about what is happening with the boss or the players.

Meanwhile, Sunderland manager David Moyes took umbrage at Wenger's suggestion this week that Arsenal's top four rivals benefited from playing teams with their minds on their holidays.

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