Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur gained bragging rights for spots in the English Premier League’s top-four bracket last weekend, following the failures of Arsenal and Manchester United to win.
Although Tottenham also started the weekend with defeat, draws for United and Arsenal on Sunday meant The Gunners and Red Devils could not upstage Chelsea and Spurs heading into the last day of the season.
Consequently, Chelsea and Spurs are now both set to set to finish in the Premier League top four after Arsenal and Manchester United stumbled to costly draws with Brighton and Huddersfield.
While Chelsea pulled off a stunning 3-0 spanking of Watford on Sunday, United’s failure to beat already-relegated Huddersfield City means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team cannot qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Solksjaer’s dramatic start to live at Old Trafford has imploded of recent, and went into the doldrums on Sunday, after his side after they dropped two points at bottom side Huddersfield.
The Terriers’ goal in the 1-1 draw came from Isaac Mbenza on the hour mark, and was just their 10th at home all season – and United were again laborious and uninspiring as they failed to win for the fourth league game in a row.
Chelsea are certain to finish in the top four as they will start the final day of the EPL season a point clear of Spurs, who host Everton, while Arsenal’s home draw with Brighton effectively means they will finish fifth, due to Tottenham’s vastly superior goals difference.
Arsenal’s bid for a top-four finish is all but over after Unai Emery’s side were also held to a 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium by Brighton, but The Gunners will still qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League if they win the Europa League, for which they look likely to face London rivals, Chelsea in the final later this month, following decent results by both in their semi-final first leg fixtures last week.
Collectively, Arsenal and United have failed to win any of their last four games, not only failing to capitalise on Chelsea and Tottenham’s own patchy form, but falling further behind in the top-four race.
Emery said afterwards: “We deserved to win. We are very defensively very strong and we had chances to score first half.
“In the second half, we didn’t take our chances but they defended very well. I have to congratulate them for the way they worked.
“We fight and we tried to win but each match in the Premier League is very difficult and today was a prime example.
“We need new energy and new players to change the performance. Scoring makes all the difference.”