Manchester City and Arsenal both completed their assignment by winning West Bromwich (3-1) and Sunderland (2-0) on Tuesday night in late matches: the race for the Champions League will be resolved on Sunday Of the last day of the Premier League.
In the ranking, Manchester City has the most comfortable place. It would take an industrial accident Sunday in Watford so that the third (75 pts), which has a nice difference of goals (+36), does not retain its place in the top 4.
Liverpool (4th with 73 pts, +33), doubled by “City” Tuesday night, will not have the right to the error against Middlesbrough, because behind, Arsenal (5th with 72 pts, +31) prowls. The Gunners will host Everton on the final day.
Arsenal: Sanchez the Savior
The “Gunners” had difficulty unblocking the situation at the Emirates Stadium against the red lantern Sunderland.
In front of many empty seats, notably because of the call for a boycott of certain groups of supporters demanding the departure of Arsene Wenger, the Londoners dominated of the head and the shoulders but met an excellent Pickford before landing their Fourth consecutive success.
Again, Alexis Sanchez saved his own, still offering a few days of hope to the “Gunners”.
The Chilean first took over a perfect center of Özil (72) and then another of Giroud (80) a few minutes later, bringing his total to 23 goals.
The former Barcelonan will face Lukaku (24 goals) on Sunday, with the title of the top scorer at the end of the foot … and perhaps the twentieth consecutive qualification of Arsenal for the C1.
“If we have only one per cent chance of getting there, we have to give it all, I think our chances are good,” Wenger reacted after the game. His fifth place, his team already had more victories and a point more than last season.
Manchester City unfolds
The “Citizens” did not tremble against West Bromwich.
They first opened the mark by Jesus, served by De Bruyne (27th) at the end of a nice movement. Two minutes later, the Belgian placed a shot out of range of Forster (29th), bending the game before the half-hour of play.
Yaya Touré then delighted the Emirates Stadium by going from his goal (57th), just before the enclosure warmly welcomes the entry of Zabaleta. The Argentinian was indeed 32 years his last appearance in Manchester after nine years of presence at the club.
But as “City” is “City”, the Pep Guardiola team conceded a late goal through Robson-Kanu (86th), throwing a chill on the beautiful party.
Nevertheless, the Catalan and his men are in the driver’s seat before the last day. If they are not yet mathematically in C1, it will take a lot to see them out of the top 4.
Results of the 34th day:
West Ham – Everton 0 – 0
Swansea – Stoke 2 – 0
Bournemouth – Middlesbrough 4 – 0
Hull – Watford 2
Burnley – Manchester United 0 – 2
Liverpool – Crystal Palace 1 – 2
Chelsea – Southampton 4 – 2
Arsenal – Sunderland 2 – 0
Manchester City – West Bromwich 3 – 1
(18:45 GMT) Leicester – Tottenham