Chelsea and Arsenal would face each other in a play-off for the third place in the Premier League, if their records were to be the same after Sunday.
The eventual occupant of the third place will evidently be grabbing the last ticket for an automatic place in next year’s Champions League, but the two London sides almost have equal chances of finishing behind runners-up Manchester City.
A win for Chelsea against Everton would do for Rafael Benitez’s men to seal their fate this season; however, a draw at Stamford Bridge would widely open Arsenal’s chances of securing one last opportunity through the ensuing play-off.
What is needed for the Gunners to reserve themselves another deciding game against their city rivals is a win by one goal on Sunday, with two more goals than Chelsea, in the case where the Blues draw.
For Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the idea of playing in a derby after the end of the season is one that has yet to cause him worries. Nevertheless, he asserted that the team had to put their full concentration on their game against Newcastle, and not on the possibilities of a play-off ahead.
Wenger told reporters: “I would fancy it [a play-off against Chelsea].
“But a play-off exists only if we win the game [at Newcastle]. So let's win the game and see what happens.”
Interestingly, anything less than a victory for Arsenal at St James Park could deny them a top-four finish altogether.
Fifth place Tottenham Hotspur sit just behind them with a point less, meaning that a triumph for Spurs over Sunderland could well earn manager AVB a return in the Champions League next season.
With all 10 Premier League games being played at the very same time on Sunday, London will be held to a high level of suspense, as Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all fight to the very end of the campaign.
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