Arsenal and Manchester City both win convincingly to keep top four hopes untampered with. Less than a week to end the season, The Gunners defeat Sunderland 2 – 0 at the emirates as City crunched West Bromwich 3 – 1.
Striker Alexis Sanchez notched a brace between 72’ and 80’ to keep top scorer Romeru Lukaku on his toes for the race to win the golden bought.
Much as The Everton striker has 24 goals and Sanchez has 23, the Chilean hunger for the solitary accolade will not allow Lukaku to obviously have golden feet.
Last day match between The North London side and side from Liverpool “Everton” will present both forwards the stage and chance to prove themselves.
Manchester City Goals
At the Etihad Stadium, Jesus Navas opened the scoring for the home side. Before the end of first half, Kevin De Bruyne made sure the lead was doubled.
Lastly Kolo Toure sealed the deal at the 57th minute although insignificant consolation was pulled by Hal Robson – Kanu three minutes to full time.
So What Now?
So both teams are still in the race of finishing at the top four as Liverpool got displaced by City after victory at the Etihad. Pep Guardiola and his side are third as Arsene Wenger’s boys are fifth and Liverpool is fourth.
Now what Really?
Now Arsenal for the first time after two decades has absolutely no chance whatsoever to rub shoulders with their North London Rivals because Spurs no matter the case finishes second on the table.
Unlike Arsenal whose better shot is third and best is fourth, Liverpool has higher chances of finishing third than Arsenal finishing fourth because of the goals difference that favors the kops.
This is so because mathematically, based on the conscious of each team and tremendous last days form, the duo have limited or zero chances of suffering defeat.
Implicating a win for all of them, changes no position except points. 21st of May Premier League Grand Finale will have all the twenty teams play to judge results.
The Ifs for Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool
Arsenal will finish in the top four
If Arsenal defeats Everton and Liverpool fail to beat Middleborough
If Arsenal draw 0 – 0 or 1 -1 and Liverpool lose by three goals or more
If Arsenal earn a score draw of 2 -2 and Liverpool lose 2 – 0 or they Draw 3 – 3 and Liverpool loose by a two goal margin.
If Arsenal win, and Man City lose with a minimum five goal swing in goal difference
Liverpool will finish in the top four
If they win, or they match or better Arsenal’s result
Man City will finish in the top four
If they win their last match however this is room for…
If City plays a 3-3, 4-4, 5-5 draw etc, in their last fixture, and Liverpool beats Middleborough 3-0, 4-1, 5-2 then both teams will be in the third place that will require play off between them. Except no matter what Arsenal does, the best they will finish is fifth.
If Manchester City suffers huge defeat of e.g. 4-0, 5-1 basically a four margin defeat and Arsenal win by just a goal to zero, two-one [one goal margin], they will have equal number of points, goals conceived and scored, and points. So that will provoke a third/fourth place play-off especially if Liverpool loses to middles borough. It could also provoke a fourth/ fifth play-off if the Kops win that fixture.
This third and last situation makes more meaning and logic with higher chances of occurrence than the rest.
If Arsenal plays 1-1 draw with Everton and Liverpool lose 2-0 to Boro, or Arsenal draws with any goal level as Liverpool lose with two goal difference, they will have equal everything. This state doesn’t affect Manchester City in any way.
Compiled by Anguyo Joel with the help of BBC sport’s columnist Mark Mitchener
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