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Beating Arsenal will be boost for next season - Schneiderlin

20 May 2017, 03:33 | Charlene Valdez

Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal are now battling for third and fourth places.

Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal head into the final weekend of the Premier League with just three points separating them.

While Man City and Liverpool are heavy favourites to enter the competition via an automatic and playoff qualifying spot respectively - Arsenal are hanging on by their fingernails to the hope that one or both of them will have a cataclysmic slip-up this Sunday at 3pm.

Everton can regain confidence by beating Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday and set the tone for next season's away form, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin said ahead of the clubs' final Premier League match of the season.

Arsenal draw 1-1 with Everton and Liverpool lose 2-0 to Middlesbrough, the two clubs will finish with 73 points and a goal difference of +31 (with 75 scored and 44 conceded).


A title charge at Anfield this season has also fizzled out, but Klopp's men have recovered late in the season and will guarantee a Champions League return with a win on the last day of the season at home to relegated Middlesbrough. At the opposite end of the table, relegation for Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull City means we won't even be able to settle down to any ridiculously overhyped "Survival Sunday" drama, either.

The Gunners' sixth victory in their last seven games leaves them in fifth place, one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool and three adrift of third-placed Manchester City. Other scores which might make this scenario possible are: Arsenal draw 2-2 and Liverpool lose 3-1, a 3-3 Gunners draw and Middlesbrough win 4-2 against the Reds. Lose by three goals and Arsenal need a point.

Writing in his Sky Sports column about Chelsea's home clash against Sunderland, former Arsenal midfielder Merson tipped the champions to win in style.

It's still a longshot, but here in Pundit Arena HQ, we'll certainly be keeping our fingers and toes crossed that something special happens.

Pep Guardiola's side make the trip to Watford to finish their season, knowing that a draw will get them fourth place, at worst. We have a core of players we feel are more than capable. Therefore, one should expect then that Liverpool will present the same lineup that featured in the great win by 4-0 against West Ham last week, with Origi and Sturridge in the front, and Adam Lallana as the playmaker. They could still qualify with a defeat, too, if Arsenal are also beaten. With player salaries at Arsenal lagging Chelsea, City and United, the club may find it hard to attract the biggest names.



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