Arsenal will hope that they are just days away from securing their first Champions League spot in six years. After a rollercoaster season, the Gunners can now secure their spot with a win over their most bitter rivals when they travel to Tottenham tomorrow night.
Spurs are currently four points behind third-placed Arsenal. And the Gunners will have one eye on Chelsea, who they are now just one point behind.
Here, football.london compares Arsenal’s final three fixtures to their two London rivals as the race for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League heats up.
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Tottenham (A) – Thursday, May 12
The North London Derby is being played on Thursday night – almost four months after it originally was originally scheduled to play. A win for Mikel Arteta’s men would guarantee a place in the top four. However, a win certainly won’t come easy, especially when you consider that the Gunners haven’t won away against Spurs in seven years.
Spurs have looked a much better team in big games since the arrival of Antonio Conte, and although they remain inconsistent, they did defeat Manchester City earlier this year whilst also clinching a 1-1 draw away to Liverpool on Saturday evening. Thursday night will be Antonio Conte’s first north London derby and Spurs fans will be desperate to avenge September’s 3-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium when Nuno Espirito Santo was in charge.
Newcastle United (A) – Monday, May 16
Arsenal’s last away game of the season is due to take place in just over a week’s time when Arteta and Co travel to St. James’ Park to take on Newcastle United. The Gunners have won their last eight matches against the Magpies – although the Tyneside-based club have been one of the most in-form teams in the league since Eddie Howe took over the managerial reins from Steve Bruce earlier this season.
Everton (H) – Sunday, May 22
Everything at both ends of the table could come down to the final day of the season. Everton are currently locked in a relegation battle with Burnley and Leeds United and the Toffees boast a solid record against Arsenal – winning their last three outings. The Gunners will hope that they have already secured a place in next season’s Champions League by May 22nd, especially when you consider that both Tottenham and Chelsea play teams that are already relegated on the final day.
Everton currently sit 17th after recent victories against the Blues and Leicester City, also boasting a game in hand on their relegation rivals.
Tottenham’s final three Premier League fixtures
Arsenal (H) – Thursday
Burnley (H) – May 15
Norwich (A) – May 22
Chelsea’s final three Premier League fixtures
Leeds (A) – Wednesday
Leicester (H) – May 19
Watford (H) – May 22
Source by Football London