Arsenal Miss Out On CL Spot Since 1997, City, Liverpool, Others Win
North London club Arsenal have missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 1997 (20 years after) following their inability to finish among the top four despite winning 3-1 against Everton on final game of the season.
Arsene Wenger’s side went into their home game against Everton with their destiny out of their hands, relying on either Liverpool or Manchester City to drop points if they were to make it into the top four.
Arsenal last failed to qualify for the Champions League in Arsene Wenger’s first season, 1996-97 when they missed out to Newcastle United on goal difference, and have earned a place in Europe’s top club competitions in every full season under their current manager.
But victory over the Toffees was not enough, as comfortable wins for Liverpool and Manchester City booked their places in next season’s Champions League. And then Georginio Wijnaldum scored for Liverpool and the dream was over. The Reds later responded with two more goals in the second half to consolidate their position on the table.
Interestingly, Liverpool needing a win to ensure fourth, broke Middlesbrough resistance just before the break, and won 3-0. Manchester City claimed third with a very easy 5-0 win at Watford.
The Gunners will now play in the Europa League for the first time since 2000, when they were eliminated at the Champions League group stages but went on to finish runners-up to Turkish giants Galatasaray.
EPL Final-Day Results: