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Arsenal Fails to get Champions League Ticket for the First time in 20 years



Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal

Arsenal failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 20 years in spite of winning on the final day of the 2016/17 English Premier League.

The Gunners began the day on Sunday a point behind fourth-place Liverpool and were on course to displace the Reds when they took an eighth-minute lead against Everton before winning 3-1.

But Liverpool, needing a win to ensure fourth, broke Middlesbrough’s resistance just before the break, and won 3-0 at Anfield.

Manchester City claimed third with a very easy 5-0 win at Watford to maintain third place.

Arsenal’s remarkable run of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League in 19 consecutive seasons came to its widely anticipated end on Sunday.

Hope had grown among the home support when Hector Bellerin gave them an early lead and news was that Liverpool were struggling against the relegated Middlesbrough.

But in first-half stoppage time, Georginio Wijnaldum enlivened Anfield with a stunning strike, and Jurgen Klopp’s men eventually ran out comfortable winners.

“It is annoying but we had a spell during the season that was difficult and it was difficult for me in my personal situation. We were playing in a hostile environment. The players came back stronger in the last two months and I’m very proud of them for doing that,’’ Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger said in the end.

Liverpool will be playing in the Champions League for the first time since the 2014-15 season, and truly deserved this on the basis of the effort.

Liverpool suffered from early nerves at Anfield before Wijnaldum’s opener on the stroke of half-time eased the tension.

Philippe Coutinho added a second after the break with a free-kick, and Adam Lallana slotted in to make it 3-0.

We’ve had bigger games, but this was the game of the season though. We had this pressure but we are Liverpool and have to deliver. Everyone knows where we missed out on points, but we will improve. A club like Liverpool needs to be in the Champions League. However, I’m proud of the players. We work a lot. We are closer together. We have to build together,’’ Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, said in reaction.

Manchester City on their part sealed third spot and automatic qualification for the Champions League group stage with an emphatic 5-0 win at Watford.

Pep Guardiola’s side required only a point to secure a top-four place, but instead of sitting back went about dismantling their opponents.

Sergio Aguero scored twice, after Vincent Kompany’s opener, with Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus also getting on the scoresheet.

Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool, in that order, picked the Champions League spots in England, while Hull, Middlesbrough and Sunderland were relegated.

Photo Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images


  1. Debola

    May 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Ooh my poor Arsenal ??. Good luck next season…

  2. Anon

    May 21, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Sell to Usmanov by accepting his £1 billion takeover bid to Kroenke who’s the majority shareholder. Maybe just then, the team will be able to compete with the others regarding high wages. I can’t see how Ozil and Sanchez will sign new contracts with no Champions League football. Maybe this is what they need – being outside the top 4 to make wholesale changes.

    The Europa League isn’t bad. They can go on and win it. It’s worked well for United thus far.

  3. survivor

    May 22, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Wenger be singing now to the forth posintin;goodbye my lover,goodbye my friend.. ..isn’t that better? When dem no carry 4th position swear for una
    Arsenal should do like Chelsea, Agbo to tadi seyin,agbara lo lo mu more big players,play good fbl n win trophies
    Ama gunnerforlife.

  4. Adeoye Rotimi

    May 22, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Who is to blame for their failure? All of them including the coach (Wenger).
    Wenger refused to buy ‘world class’ players while the players on many occasions took most games for granted. Apart from Sanchez who always strive for winning always, well, kudos to him ( Sanchez).
    They must have learn one or two lessons through this which will propelled them towards Europa’s League provided they’ll still be together. “Bad luck guys”.
    I remain with the club, ‘Gunners” for life.

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