Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Arsenal win will be boost for next season - Schneiderlin


Defender Laurent Koscielny could again miss out because of a calf problem, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Southampton play host to Stoke in their final league game of this season.

There are question marks over the futures of standout performers Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley and you wonder whether Arsene Wenger might fancy either (or both) as he looks to rebuild the Gunners this summer.

Arsenal were in the title race until the turn of the year when a awful run of form saw them drop off the pace to such an extent that even a win against Everton on Sunday may not guarantee a top-four finish.

Liverpool must beat the relegated Teessiders to secure a place in next season's Champions League for the only the second time since 2009.

Alexis Sanchez could still finish as the Premier League's top goal-scorer after netting 23 times in 37 appearances in the 2016-17 campaign. With Harry Kane chasing the golden boot however they may find Spurs in the mood to score. It doesn't matter the chances. We are professional and we want to win.

Arsenal chiefs have been eager to enforce a shake-up of Wenger's back room staff, as well as the appointment of an influential figure who will assist in the recruitment of players and overseen contract negotiations.

"It's a crucial game for us".

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No one said the Champions League was easy. The Frenchman has been one of the best players in the league this season.

"We had him here to work for a while with the youth team".

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"I'm surprised all of a sudden it becomes a big deal".

"So that is not a big difference and I don't think that anybody needs this special motivation or whatever".

It would have been a significant setback for each of those sides, so the fact that Liverpool are going to achieve the minimum they would have hoped for at the start of the season is worth acknowledging.

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Adams won four league titles and three FA Cups during a 19-year career at Arsenal but has struggled since trying to make it as a manager. They have not won away since late January and scored only once in their last four games.

Watford might be safe as far as staying in the Premier League for another season is concerned, but City will be up against a team that have lost their last five games in the Premier League. A draw could be enough if Liverpool lose by at least two goals at home to relegated Middlesbrough.

Manchester United finish their league season at home to Crystal Palace this weekend but, of course, it is not their final game.

Coral has prepared a special Final Day offer on any goal to be scored paying 50/1 instead of 1/100.

There's much more than silverware, European qualification spots and pride to be played for in the Premier League.

Probability of away win: 23%.

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