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Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal nearly scores the own goal of the season with absurd backpass

The Gunners' fight for a place in the top four was nearly undone by some sloppy play at the Emirates

The end of the Premier League season is nearly upon us, but the top four is still undecided.

Arsenal and Manchester City were both in action this evening, with the Gunners hosting relegated Sunderland while City humbled West Brom at the Etihad.

Motivational stuff from Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola 

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Motivational stuff from Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola 

With both games billed as nail-biting, must-win affairs that could make or break their Champions League qualification hopes, the reality was that both sides played out fairly low-key victories in front of near-empty stadiums.

However, the Etihad, renowned for its empty seats and tepid atmosphere, was by-far closer to capacity than the Emirates, which was visibly empty despite the apparent attendance of 59,510.

Hmm.

The Gunners played out a dull, laboured 2-0 win against bottom-of-the-pack Sunderland, with the Black Cats goalkeeper Jordan Pickford frustrating Alexis Sanchez and co with a string of fine saves.

In fact, the only moment of mild interest was a bizarre incident early in the second-half, when Gunners left-back and tasty tortilla-based snack Nacho Monreal decided to hit a no-look backpass to his unsuspecting goalkeeper Petr Cech.

The towering ‘keeper clearly wasn’t expecting the pass, and was left helplessly scrambling to keep it out of the net.

What on earth…?

I’ll just kick it back here…

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I’ll just kick it back here…

Wh…what’s happening?!

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Wh…what’s happening?!

Cech is left scrambling to stop the own goal

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Cech is left scrambling to stop the own goal

If looks could kill

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If looks could kill

Meanwhile, City put the sword to West Brom in a 3-1 win to more-or-less ensure their top four finish next season, with faithful right-back Pablo Zabaleta making his final appearance for the Citizen’s when he came on as a late substitute.

Cue the waterworks. 

Once a Blue…

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Once a Blue…

Pablo Zabaleta comes on to a huge avation

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Pablo Zabaleta comes on to a huge avation

After this evening’s results, City are third in the Premier League table on 75 points, with a slightly superior goal difference to their opponents.

Liverpool are two points behind in fourth and Arsenal are now just a point behind the Reds in fifth.

It’s all going down to the final day of the season, folks.