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How Arsenal still could qualify for the Champions League this season if they fail to finish top four

How Arsenal still could qualify for the Champions League this season if they fail to finish top four

Arsenal suffered their first defeat of the season against Newcastle in a rather controversial manner on Saturday. Despite this, the team is now shifting its focus back to the Champions League.

The Premier League buzz revolves around Anthony Gordon’s disputed goal this week, one that Mikel Arteta strongly contested.

The outcome stands, marking the Gunners’ first loss in the 23/24 season, albeit reluctantly accepted.

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As for concerns about dropping out of the top four, fans needn’t fret. There’s a new opportunity this year that could see Arsenal secure a Champions League berth even with a fifth-place finish.

Arsenal could finish fifth and get Champions League – how?

The scenario isn’t solely about winning the competition this season. A recent rule change opens up the possibility for as many as five Premier League teams to secure a Champions League spot.

According to the official Premier League website, the Champions League format for the 24/25 season has been altered, expanding from the usual 34 to 36 participating teams.

As a result of this adjustment, two additional slots are available, allocated to leagues from different countries, thereby increasing the total number of spots up for grabs.

The allocation of these spots is determined by the collective performance of nations in the prior season’s European competitions, including the Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League.

Given the substantial presence of English teams in European competitions this season, it’s highly probable that the Premier League will secure this privilege due to their strong representation and performance.

Arsenal should be comfortable anyway…

In all fairness, Arsenal ideally shouldn’t rely on this provision. Nevertheless, it’s reassuring to acknowledge that if Mikel Arteta’s team were to face difficulties, there’s some flexibility heading into next year’s season.

The English top flight boasts several strong teams this season, with around six or seven vying for a top-four position.

While many teams would eagerly embrace this fifth opportunity in European football’s elite league, it might not be essential given the current momentum and performance of the Gunners.

How Arsenal still could qualify for the Champions League this season if they fail to finish top four

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