Arsenal have secured qualification to play in the UEFA Champions League next season despite defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League.
The Gunners were beaten 4-1 by Man City on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium, but qualified for the Champions League next season for the first time since 2015/16 following Brighton and Hove Albion’s 3-1 loss at Nottingham Forest.
Brighton are eighth in the Premier League but have three games in hand, which mathematically would have made it to the top four with wins in the three outstanding games, but the defeat to Nottingham Forest means they will not catch the Gunners in the league table this season.
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Arsenal narrowly missed out on a top four finish last season to Tottenham Hotspur. However, they have taken a step forward with a return to Europe’s elite club competition.
Mikel Arteta’s aim for the season was to return to the Champions League. He has achieved that despite losing ground in the title race.
Arsenal can still win the Premier League this season, but will rely on Manchester City dropping points and hoping to win their remaining five matches until the end of the season.