Arsenal 3-1 triumph over Everton was insufficient to secure Champions League spot and failed to qualify for the first time since the Frenchman took over as manager in 1996., to aggravate matters, Arsene Wenger faces a major threat ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
The permutations were sufficiently straightforward in Arsenal’s final day journey for the top four challenge, A required a big win and a Manchester City defeat to redesign Pep Guardiola’s side. All the more practically, But at the same time far-fetched, they expected to better Liverpool’s outcome at home to Middlesbrough and the arrangement was straightforward: win and seek after the best.
Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel could all miss Saturday’s Wembley clash with Premier League champions Chelsea taking after a desperately disappointing day for the Gunners at Emirates Stadium, in spite of their triumph.
Taking after Hector Bellerin’s initial opener, Koscielny was awarded a straight red card for a wild tackle on Enner Valencia and, after Sanchez had multiplied the lead, Gabriel was taken off on a stretcher with a left knee damage after an ungainly fall.
Sanchez then limped off halfway during that second half, in what may yet demonstrate a further hit to Arsenal’s expectations of rescuing something from their season.