How Arsenal can qualify for Champions League: Top four finish may not be enough for the Gunners, who could still win Europa League
Unai Emery has overseen a mixed season in his first at the Arsenal helm, but it could turn out to be a highly successful one.
While the Gunners have been woeful away from home in the Premier League, their form at the Emirates and in Europe has been impressive.
They are still firmly in the mix to finish in the top four but are also eyeing glory in the Europa League.
Arsenal’s last involvement in the Champions League was their 10-2 humiliation to Bayern Munich in the 2017 last 16.
They are eager to return to Europe’s top table again and here’s how they could get there.
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How Arsenal can qualify for Champions League
Arsenal take on Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals next week and will be confident of reaching the final on May 29.
If they reach the Baku showpiece, they’ll face either London rivals Chelsea or German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.
The winner of that final will gain automatic qualification for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.
Winning Europe’s secondary tournament would appear to be Arsenal’s most straightforward way of returning to the Champions League.
They would likely have to win their three remaining top flight fixtures, two of which are away, and hope their rivals slip up.
But coming in fourth may prove problematic.
If they do so and then both Tottenham win the Champions League and Chelsea win the Europa League but neither finish in the top four, Emery’s side would be bumped out as the European champions would take priority.
However, for that scenario to happen, Manchester United, currently in sixth, would have to leapfrog the London trio and finish third.
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