Arsenal host Everton on Sunday on the final weekend of the Premier League knowing that their top-four hopes are now out of their own hands.
The Gunners will kick-off this game one point behind fourth-place Liverpool and three points behind third-place Manchester City who have a superior goal difference of five.
Arsene Wenger’s side simply have to win and hope that one of their rival’s slips up, which looks unlikely, as City are away at out-of-form Watford and Liverpool host already relegated Middlesbrough.
Arsenal have hit form of late, but it could prove to be too little too late for the Gunners hopes of Champions League qualification. The team from north London have won their last four games in the Premier League and conceded just one goal in the process.
The Gunners have also managed to find the net at least twice in all four of those victories, so are in good form heading into this vital clash. The home side will be confident of making it five straight victories in the top-flight in this clash, as Everton have won just once at Arsenal in the Premier League and have never won at the Emirates Stadium.
A record of 18 wins from 24 home encounters shows the sheer dominance of the Gunners against the Toffees during the Premier League era.
Everton have very little left to play for this season, as they sealed a top-seven spot long ago, with the eighth place team Southampton 15 points behind the Toffees.
In recent weeks the Toffees seem to have been in holiday mode. Ronald Koeman’s side have also failed to win in their last seven games on their travels in the Premier League. In fact, the Merseysiders have won just two of their last 16 away games in the league.
The home side will be without Spanish star Santi Cazorla through injury, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny are both doubts, but could all still feature. Kieran Gibbs and Hector Bellerin will continue if either Oxlade-Chamberlain or Koscielny plays.
Everton have a long injury list that includes full-back Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie, Ramiro Funes Mori and James McCarthy. Aaron Lennon continues to miss out through personal reasons. Jonjoe Kenny, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman will miss out as they prepare for the under-20 World Cup with England.
Arsenal are favourites to record a victory in this clash at odds of 9/20, while the draw is odds of 4/1 and Everton are odds of 13/2 to record a first ever win at the Emirates Stadium.
The home side should win this game, as the visitors already seem to have departed for their summer holidays. However, it still may not be enough for the Gunners to clinch one of those all-important Champions League spots.
Will Arsenal beat Everton on Sunday afternoon?