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How Arsenal could finish fourth and still not qualify for Champions League

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Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League table and we are the absolute favourites to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Mikel Arteta’s side are one point ahead of fifth-place Manchester United and to make things even better, we have three games in hand over the Red Devils. To put that into perspective, even if we lose all three of those games, we’ll still be ahead of Ralf Rangnick’s side.

A top-four finish is completely in our hands now but there’s an extremely unlikely scenario where we could not make it into next season’s Champions League even if we finish fourth.

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How Arsenal could finish fourth and still not qualify for Champions League

UEFA have a rule that says only five clubs from one country can play in the group stage of the Champions League. The teams that finish in the top-four in the Premier League get a direct entry and Arsenal are hoping for just that.

The other way to get into the group stage next season is by winning this year’s Champions League or Europa League.

Unfortunately for Arsenal, there’s a small chance for both Manchester United and West Ham to go all the way in their respective European competitions.

If they do, the club that finishes fourth in the Premier League this season, which are Arsenal as things stand, will drop down to the Europa League.

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The Insider’s View:

This is extremely unlikely to happen but if it does, we’ll all be left heartbroken.

When you look at the average age of our squad and the way we started the campaign, we have no right to be anywhere near the top four.

However, Mikel Arteta has worked his magic and Arsenal well and truly deserve to be where we currently are.

To work so hard, finish fourth and still not qualify for the Champions League will be absolutely devastating for the players. Hopefully, it doesn’t get to that at the end of this season.

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