Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger won't give up in top four race

Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger won't give up in top four race

City look all but assured of claiming a top four place after their dominant win over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night, but there remains a remote possibility that they could finish completely level with Arsenal.

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.

The title and relegation berths may have been settled in the Premier League, but there is still something to play for when all 20 teams play their final matches at 3pm on Sunday. A score draw for Arsenal along with a Liverpool loss by exactly two goals would see the two giants tied in fourth position and forced to enter a play-off.

The champions sign off their league campaign, before next week's FA Cup final against Arsenal, at home to Sunderland when captain John Terry is expected to make his final appearance for the club. However Manchester City would be guaranteed as a seeded team were the Citizens' to go through the playoffs like they did last season. By beating relegated Middlesbrough, Liverpool can count on ending the season no lower than fourth place.

Gibson has been linked with a move to Anfield - and it would be ironic if a fine performance here ended up denying him Champions League football next season.

But their goal difference and goals scored are similar enough to raise the realistic prospect of two teams finishing joint third or fourth with identical records - necessitating a one-off play-off match.

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They could be overtaken by both if they lose heavily at Watford, Arsenal win well at home to Everton, and Liverpool are victorious too.

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. If they don't, however, the match between Arsenal and Everton will decide who will play it.

Liverpool supporters will be hoping for a big Watford result against Manchester City on Sunday, while Arsenal fans will be hoping for a miracle.

Once you are out of it, even if you are as powerful as United and Liverpool, it is increasingly hard to get back in and Arsenal may finally be about to discover that for themselves.

For that to happen, they would have to lose their final game of the season away to Watford by a hefty scoreline while Arsenal would have to narrowly beat Everton.

"We always have this kind of pressure; that we want to win the game, that we have to do the right things".

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