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While the title race is over and relegation places all confirmed, there still remains a fascinating battle going on in terms of final positions in the top four.

While there is no trophy on the line for Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester City and Man United, there is still so much at stake.

You get the impression that Spurs will be shattered by not clinching a top-two finish and finishing above Arsenal for the first time in two decades. Catching Leicester City was a possibility rather than a probability due to the Foxes being so consistent when it truly mattered.

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However, Spurs have held sway over their more celebrated north London rivals for a large part of the season, so failing to finish ahead of them for the 21st season in a row will mean that the mental scarring grows even more. It is an achievement that the Tottenham players are well and truly aware of.

"It would be a really good feeling to finish above Arsenal. It was not something we focussed on at the start of the season, but now we are here it would be good, it would be good for the fans," star striker Harry Kane said.

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If Leicester are the greatest overachievers the league has seen, then the direct opposite applies to Arsenal. While their fans will take some delight in mocking their arch-rivals if they finish above them again, in their heart of hearts they will realise it is a huge opportunity wasted.

Before the season started, many good judges believed the Gunners had the squad to end their title drought. Once again when the heat has been applied, they have collapsed.

While Arsene Wenger has taken much of the heat, the players have been just as much to blame for the poor performances which have been on display all too often this season.

Chelsea v Arsenal - Premier League

In Manchester, it is certain that one of City or United will miss out on playing in Europe's biggest club competition next season. The two teams had a thrilling title race in 2011/12, and while the race for fourth is not as captivating, the stakes are still extremely high for both teams.

In Manchester City's case, playing in the Europa League in Pep Guardiola's first season was not in the script. It is an incredibly unpleasant thought for any Sky Blue player, fan or official. The positive side is they now have their own destiny in their own hands, although Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium poses a tricky final day test.

For the most part, Manchester United's season has been one big bumbling mess. Supporters have been full of frustration over the stale performances and there have been constant rumours that current manager Louis van Gaal will not be in a job next season.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League

The Red Devils had a great chance to put a significant deposit on fourth place when they played their game in hand against West Ham United on Tuesday evening. However as is their way of late, they wasted it and remain on the outside looking in.

In a season with so much drama and where the unexpected has become the norm, don't be surprised if there is one more twist in the tale come Sunday evening.

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