Premier League

Liverpool and Manchester City qualify for the Champions League, Arsenal miss out

Liverpool and Manchester City have finished in the top four and qualified for the Champions League, while Arsenal will have to settle for the Europa League football next season.


Manchester City and Liverpool will be participating in next season’s Champions League. Most notably, Arsenal will not be in the competition for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

Man City pummelled Watford 5-0, while Liverpool coasted past Middlesbrough 3-0 to secure third and fourth place in the Premier League table, respectively. Ten-man Arsenal defeated Everton 3-1, but came up one point short of the top four. It’s the first time Arsenal has missed out on the top four in 21 seasons.

Next season will be the first time that Arsenal will not play in the Champions League since the 1997/98 season, when the Premier League had only two places in Europe’s premier club competition.

Liverpool return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2014/15 season and will only the second time in eight years, while City will be playing in the Champions League for the sixth season in a row.

Elsewhere, John Terry finished his 22-year Chelsea career with a 5-1 win over Sunderland as the champions finished the season on a high note. Goals from Willian, Eden Hazard, Pedro and Michy Batshuayi (two) cancelled out an early strike from Javier Manquillo to ensure that Antonio Conte’s men, confirmed as Premier League champions earlier this month, made history on captain John Terry’s 717th Chelsea appearance and final match at Stamford Bridge.

Terry led the Blues out to a guard of honour from Sunderland players and was substituted in the 26th minute with a standing ovation from the home supporters, who had held aloft large commemorative banners and organised a vast tribute in the Shed End in tribute to the 36-year-old prior to kickoff.

With their 30th Premier League victory of the season, Chelsea have broken the competition record set by Jose Mourinho’s title-winning Blues teams in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, who both won 29 of their 38 league matches.

The win also means Conte’s men finish the season with 93 points, a tally beaten only by Chelsea’s first Premier League title-winning side in 2004-05.

Harry Kane recorded a hat trick in Tottenham’s 7-1 demolition of Hull City, wrapping up a second straight Golden Boot award as the Premier League’s top scorer. Kane is the first player to win back-to-back Golden Boot awards since Robin van Persie (2012-2013) and the first Englishman to do so since Michael Owen (1998-1999).