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Sanchez: Arsenal good enough to compete

20 May 2017, 02:41 | Joan Schultz

As for the fixtures on the final day of the season, Arsenal host Everton at the Emirates while the already relegated Middlesbrough travel to Anfield.

The Gunners will head into the final match of the season fifth in the standings, a point behind fourth-place Liverpool, while Manchester City, in third, are a further two points clear.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on his side's prospects of a top-four finish: "I am not a betting man". Sunderland have just the one win in 12 games but they may be able to spring a surprise here if they catch Chelsea celebrating a little too early. The former Arsenal captain also said that Wenger did not want him to return to Arsenal in a coaching capacity.

Liverpool and Manchester City are now in the driving seat to claim a place in next season's Champions League, with Arsenal hoping for at least one of them to slip up in order to maintain their proud record of never failing to qualify for the competition during Arsene Wenger's reign.

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Wenger, who brought Adams into the youth set-up as a coach for a short spell previous year, said the remarks did not cause him pain and said he would rather focus his energies elsewhere.

"It doesn't depend on Arsenal or Liverpool".

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Arsenal draw 1-1 with Everton and Liverpool lose 2-0 to Middlesbrough, the two clubs will finish with 73 points and a goal difference of +31 (with 75 scored and 44 conceded).

Crucially, City has a superior goal difference of 6 and has a benign-looking game, on paper, away to Watford.

"He is the manager who gave a stadium to the club, won cups, and he has been 21 years in the job", said striker Sanchez, Arsenal's top scorer whose own future at the club remains unresolved.

Liverpool will need to hope that at least four of the teams above them in this coefficient table, either qualify automatically through their respective leagues or fail to qualify for the Champions League altogether - including Arsenal and Manchester City. However, they could still pip Manchester City to an automatic Champions League place if results to go their way. If they can beat West Brom at home then they could move as high as 15th, a strong end to the season.

In any event though with it presumed there's nothing to play for on the final day when the title and relegation spots are already confirmed, clearly some clubs have a lot to play for.

With Arsenal in the FA Cup final this season, the club has a real chance of ending the season with silverware, and Sanchez says it would be a "positive" for the club.

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