Arsenal to miss Champions League spot if they finish 5th in Premier League

Arsenal to miss Champions League spot if they finish 5th in Premier League

In what has been widely described as the resurgence of Premier League in the European football, four English teams will be in the Champions League and Europa League final for the first time in history.

This presents a completely unfamiliar scenario on how things will pan out next season and in particular English qualification places for both club competitions.

Liverpool and Tottenham will meet in Madrid for the final of the Champions League whilethe Premier League duo of Arsenal and Chelsea have booked a date at the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan.

And of these four teams, two who will emerge winners will be guaranteed automatic qualification to next season's Champions League.

According to UEFA, a total of five clubs are allowed from every association.

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But that is only if the Champions League or Europa League winners do not qualify through their domestic league.

England can only get a fifth team in the Champions League if a club that finishes outside the top four win one of the tournaments.

As it stands Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool are currently all looking as favourites to secure that top four spot

That leaves Arsenal with only the option of winning the Europa League final if they want to play in the Champions League next season as fifth place would not award them qualification.

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In fact, if Chelsea win the Europa League, their top four qualification spot will not go down to the fifth placed team but will instead be handed to Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg.

The Bulls will go straight into the group stages instead of qualifying and if Spurs hold on to top four and win the Champions League, the third-placed team in French Ligue 1 will go straight into the group stages.

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