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Arsenal's Champions League bid fails in 1st time in 20 years

22 Mai 2017

Minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov has been trying to buy out Kroenke, but bids have been resisted.

As if finishing below arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in 22 years wasn't bad enough, Wenger's bid to lead Arsenal into the Champions League for a 20th successive season is in grave danger heading into their last league game against Everton.

Plus, recruiting new players will be less dependent on possible playing time that the Englishman may cut into since a Champions League club under a dynamic manager can nearly sell itself.

There are key issues which need to be resolved at Arsenal over the next three months. Will Wenger leave? The board is expected to meet next week, and per the NBC Sports broadcast, the early signs are that Wenger may stay.

Arsenal can, however, win the FA Cup for the third time in four years when they face Chelsea in the final on 27 May but Sanchez remains uncertain if that would make the season a success.

There was more injury woe for Arsenal as their player of the season Sanchez had to be taken off and replaced by Alex Iwobi after picking up a suspected hamstring injury.

Arsene Wenger will be praying for an unexpected slip from either Man City or Liverpool as Arsenal try to salvage their troubled Premier League campaign by snatching a Champions League berth in today's season finale.

Arsenal felt the numbers should have been evened up when Ashley Williams - already booked - escaped a second yellow for a trip on Welbeck and Everton were soon back in it when Rob Holding inexplicably handled Leighton Baines' harmless cross and Lukaku clinically converted the resulting penalty. Arsenal finished 18 points behind champions Chelsea. That is where the brunt of the supporters' frustrations lie. For most Gooners, Europa League football is the final nail in the coffin regardless of the outcome of the FA Cup final.

A goal by Georginio Wijnaldum just before halftime settled Liverpool's nerves and Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana ensured the points after halftime as Liverpool ended one point above Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

Sanchez also saw a free-kick parried by Robles, but as half-time neared, Everton's numerical advantage began to tell as Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech increasingly found himself in the firing line.

"For me, it's the best competition, you want to be there and Liverpool needs to be there consistently", he said. They finished seven points ahead of second-placed Spurs. Their wage bill is nearly half of Arsenal's, yet they are far outperforming their local rivals.

What's unclear is why Wenger is being so coy.

"In 2006, you are playing Barcelona in the final and you still thought you had a chance to win the Champions League and to be in the Champions League again", said Wenger.

Arsenal's Champions League bid fails in 1st time in 20 years