Arsenal could miss out on Champions League football next season..

Arsenal are in danger of finishing outside the top four next season

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Arsenal finishing inside the top four is something we've all become accustomed to. Next season, however, they might not be so comfortable. 

While Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United might all have different managers next season to the ones they started with this campaign, Arsenal are likely to keep hold of Arsene Wenger for another year. 

He might be the most experienced manager in the division, but could that hinder the Gunners more than it could help them?


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As already mentioned, the Premier League's juggernauts are having a manager merry-go-round. Jurgen Klopp joined Liverpool in October, Pep Guardiola was confirmed as the new Sky Blues boss at the beginning of the year and Jose Mourinho left Chelsea in December and could be about to join Manchester United.

You wouldn't usually bet against Arsenal finishing outside the top four because history suggests otherwise. Despite all of the faults of the north London club, Wenger somehow manages to get the team over the line at the end of the season. 

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What has often been the case, however, is the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham have messed up in the past. This has allowed Arsenal to take advantage of their rivals' issues. 

This season, Leicester have surprisingly risen to first, but Chelsea are struggling to stay in the top half of the table. Liverpool made a mistake in giving Brendan Rodgers a few more months and Manchester United did the same with Louis van Gaal. 

Next campaign, it looks like most of the big sides will have a manager they can rely on. Jurgen Klopp doesn't have Premier League experience but took a weak Borussia Dortmund side to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final. 

Jose Mourinho has won three Premier League titles since Arsene Wenger won his last domestic title, despite the Portuguese manager being absent from the league in seven of the last nine seasons. 

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Now the former Chelsea boss could be about to return to the league with Manchester United and you wouldn't bet against him earning another Premier League medal. 

Tottenham looked to have cemented a top four place this season and you would expect Mauricio Pochettino to build on his squad in the summer. Further enhancing the possibility of Spurs finishing in the Champions League spots again. 

Chelsea look like they might be hiring Antonio Conte at the end of the season and with Roman Abramovich not afraid to splash the cash, you would expect the Blues to challenge for the title next campaign. 

The most notable manager hiring of them all has been Guardiola and he certainly won't settle for a position outside the top two let alone the top four. 

That's excluding Leicester City who are favourites to win the Premier League this time around. 

Seven teams including Arsenal to fight for the top four spots next season, who do the Gunners replace if they do make the Champions League spots?

Liverpool could miss out again as they have struggled in past transfer windows, but with one of the best managers in the world in Klopp, they won't go down without a fight. 

Conte is probably the manager with the biggest question mark over his head, but that still leaves Manchester City, Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester United vying for Europe's elite competition. 


The thing that probably worries Arsenal supporters the most is Wenger's supposed reluctance to solve major deficiencies in his team. 

It doesn't look like the 66-year-old will be stepping down soon either.

Wenger said, as quoted by The Guardian: “I have no doubt because I am committed and when I do something I do it 100%. I am always committed to give my best as long as I am at the club. I don’t worry too much about the rest, what other people say."

The Arsenal boss solved his goalkeeper problem last summer when Petr Cech was handed on a plate to him, but the striker, defensive midfield and centre-back positions remain a problem. 

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Unless there is a world-class talent for a reasonable fee on the market, the former Monaco manager doesn't see the need to improve the squad. 

This summer, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United will all certainly strengthen. 

People might say those clubs might not spend well like most of them didn't in the last transfer window. Nevertheless, Liverpool had Brendan Rodgers and Manchester City had Manuel Pellegrini who made bizarre decisions when signing players. 

Klopp has already signed two players in Joel Matip and Marko Grujic and could be closing in on World Cup winner Mario Goetze. While Guardiola has reportedly been targeting John Stones and Paul Pogba. 

Unless Wenger leaves this summer or changes his ways in the market, the Gunners for the first time in a while look in real danger of missing out on Champions League football next campaign. 

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