Arsenal Misses UCL Slot First Time in 20 Years

Ross Houston
May 24, 2017

Meanwhile, Stamford Bridge erupted in celebration on Sunday as departing Chelsea captain John Terry lifted the Premier League trophy in Antonio Conte's record-breaking first season in charge, but the carnival atmosphere had a bitter-sweet edge.

Arsenal defeated Everton 3-1 on Sunday thanks to goals from Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey but it was enough only to finish fifth as Liverpool beat Middlesbrough and Manchester City thrashed Watford.

"I believe since January we have played in a very hard environment for different reasons", he added.

"For me it's the best competition, you want to be there and Liverpool needs to be there consistently", he said, according to Sky Sports.


The 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on the final day of the season secured fourth place and a return to Europe's elite club competition for only the second time in eight seasons. The Frenchman's own intentions are unclear and he has gone from saying a decision would be announced in April or May to hinting that discussions will take place in a board meeting after the upcoming FA Cup final.

Even though there are still two huge games to come for Liverpool, it's hard not to be excited about the prospect of Champions League nights returning to Anfield Road.

With a top four finish confirmed, supporters will be curious about who Liverpool could face in their Champions League qualifier and Michael Mongie has you covered. "We want to be there", added the German.

"Everything is good at this club at the moment", said Klopp.


Asked why his personal situation had not been resolved, he replied: "I don't know".

He added: "But the psychological environment for the group of the players was absolutely horrendous". Do you think I will sit with (sporting director) Michael Edwards and say 'What do you think?

With City and Liverpool comfortably winning, there was nothing Arsenal could do to muscle into the top four.

Chelsea returned to the top of the table and delivered a crucial blow en route to the title as they came from behind to inflict Tottenham's first Premier League defeat this season. The impact of handing the Europa League winners a place in the Champions League has clearly done its job - and now it will be up to Jose's regulars to deliver in Stockholm - because of course, you can not win anything with kids....


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