i think the FA cup is the gunners only route to europa league at this point.Looking at the table as it stands and who they have remaining to face, Arsenal could have a huge impact on the relegation battle while at the same time fighting it out for the final potential European qualification spot (depending on how the FA Cup Final goes).
From what I can tell this is how it could fall heading into next Sunday's final match day. If Wolves defeat Crystal Palace tomorrow, that would put them a point ahead of Spurs at 59 points. If Sheffield United defeats Everton tomorrow and Arsenal defeats Aston Villa on Tuesday, then you'd have Wolves at 59 points, Spurs at 58 points, Sheffield United at 57 points, and Arsenal at 56 points in the battle for the 6th and final spot.i think the FA cup is the gunners only route to europa league at this point.
edit: i suppose we can still lost the FA cup and finish 7th to make it in.
Part of the issue is that when they came back post-pandemic, they had 6 different players including USMNT player and Downers Grove native Eric Lichaj with whom they failed to agree to short term contract extensions, meaning the players contracts ended at the end of June. They've only won once since the end of June and that was on July 2nd. They've lost five straight including an 8:0 defeat at Wigan Athletic last Tuesday.Wow - I didn't realize how bad it's gotten at Hull City.
incredible bottle job from ForrestWest Brom clinches the other EFL Championship automatic promotion spot with a 2:2 draw versus QPR coupled with Brentford's 1:2 loss to Barnsley. The biggest surprise was Nottingham Forest flaming out with a 4:1 loss to Stoke City. They only needed 1 point out of their final two matches and got none. This, coupled with Swansea City cruising to a 4:1 victory against a Reading side that imploded. As a result, the Swans get the final playoff qualification spot based on having a +9 goal differential versus Nottingham Forest having a +8 goal goal differential. Meanwhile at the bottom of the table, Barnsley won their final two matches to avoid relegation while Charlton Athletic lost 4:0 to Leeds United. So it's Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic, and Hull City that are all relegated to League One for next season.
The promotion playoffs look like this:
-(3) Brentford vs. (6) Swansea City
-(4) Fulham vs. (5) Cardiff City.
First legs of the promotion playoffs will take place July 26 and 27 with the second legs on July 29 and 30. The play-off final will take place at Wembley on August 4.