City, Liverpool deny Arsenal Champions League slot on final day

The Gunners boss has been at the club for 21 years but this campaign has seen his side finish outside the Premier League's top four for the first time during his tenure.

Stability is a rare commodity in football today, but here is one example where it might not be in the club's best interests.

And speaking on Sunday about his commitment to the Reds, Coutinho said: "I have a long contract with Liverpool".

Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool will represent England next season with Manchester United joining them if they win the Europa League.

The Liverpool manager isn't taking the Champions League play-off match for granted though, but he hopes his side will be bolstered by some new signings in the summer.

While Wenger took blame for the season, there is no denying that the environment at the club became so negative that it hampered the players' performance. "(Him and Mesut) are both exceptional players and obviously you always want to keep your exceptional players", Cech told reporters.

So there's no point in mincing words when it comes to summing up how Wenger and Arsenal have handled this situation: it's been absolutely horrendous as well.

Champions League qualification represents roughly £50 million to Arsenal, and their absence among Europe's elite next season could be damning for Wenger.

"It feels really outstandingly good at the moment but feeling on a good way is one (thing), showing you're on a good way is another thing and I think again we showed that we deserve this position".

Arsenal won seven out of their last eight Premier League games but paid the price for a miserable run through February and March. The big point is to get in players who will have more productivity.

'Hopefully now we can stick a few trophies in the cabinet. "I don't know who we could [play in the Champions League], I was just focused on getting the win [against Middlesbrough]".

"You could not question my love or my loyalty to this club, because I said no to every club in the world to stay here with very restricted finances for years".

Vanessa Coleman

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