Arsenal fighting to stave off Champions League 'disappointment'

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Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has been included; the Chilean has 10 assists and 21 Premier League goals in a season his side have struggled for form.

It is possible, therefore, that there may need to be a three-team play-off - with each side playing two matches each - for two Champions League spots if Liverpool, Arsenal and City can not be separated come teatime on Sunday.

Premier League rule C.17 states: "If at the end of the season either the league champions of the clubs to be relegated or the question of qualification for other competitions can not be determined because two or more clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding league matches on neutral ground, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the board".

Then again, if Steve Agnew's men can cause a shock by taking any points off the 'Pool - via a win or draw - a win for Arsenal will see them leapfrog Liverpool in the table and finish in the top four.

"The Champions League is a competition that a player wants to play in because you play against the best teams in Europe and it is always an important competition".

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Manchester City are fourth on 72 points and take on West Brom this evening (8pm) before facing Watford on the last day.

Koscielny also said he was nursing a long-term Achilles injury that will affect him for the rest of his career and hinted he was ready to sit out Tuesday's clash to save himself for the cup final at Wembley. "Every morning, I have my treatment for my Achilles and I know I need to do this to the end of my career".

"I think every game is important but now we are almost at the end of the season, we have two games and we have to win them both so it starts with Sunderland. Sometimes it is better to miss one game to be fit for the others".

CITY and Arsenal could meet in a one-off play-off game to determine which side gets the final Champions League spot.