Arsene Wenger not giving up on top-four spot

Friday, 19 May, 2017

The victory over Sunderland leaves Arsenal one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool ahead of their final match of the season against Everton.

In the unlikely event of a Champions League play-off being required to separate both sides, these two results will need to happen. Five points separate Southampton in eighth, which is worth £24.7 million in prize money, and Watford in 16th, worth £9.5 million. This means that nearly everyone still has something to play for.

City travel to Watford knowing a win would guarantee them third spot and automatic qualification.

If both City and Liverpool win then Arsenal have no chance of making it into the top four. Liverpool, who have played a game more, are a point above them in third. "We had the mentality to win at all costs and we won and we won well".

Manchester United's 2-1 defeat to Spurs means their only hope of making it is to win Europa League final.

Leicester can finish anywhere between eighth (worth £24.7 million) and 15th (£11.4 million), while West Ham can finish between ninth (£22.8 million) and 16th (£9.5 million) - meaning £13.3 million is up for grabs in a best-case scenario. We did say it was hard to fathom.

Just when it seemed like all hope was lost, Arsenal were also awarded a penalty, in the 98th minute. Lose by two goals and it goes to goals scored and a possible playoff. However, a win tonight, will see them head into the final day of fixtures just a point behind Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

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At the other end of the table it's even more good news for Tottenham who are the lowest spenders per Premier League point.

Middlesbrough on the other hand are playing for nothing more than pride having already been relegated. At present Liverpool are one point better off than Arsenal, with goal difference +33 to +31 respectively.

City look nearly certain to achieve the bare minimum of a top-four place and could only finish below Arsenal if they lost at Watford, Arsenal won and there was a five-goal swing, with Wenger's side scoring more than City on the day.

A conspicuous number of empty seats at the Emirates Stadium articulated the apathy that has taken hold among Arsenal fans this season and Wenger's team made heavy work of beating Sunderland.

Wenger, however, chose to play him and the former Barcelona star netted a brace to keep alive Arsenal's slim hopes of finishing in the top four.