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Arsenal and Man City could face play-off to decide Champions League qualification… here’s how

A bizarre set of results could lead to Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola having to face a 39th game

Manchester City and Arsenal could meet in a one-off play-off game to determine which side gets the final Champions League spot.

Pep Guardiola’s men lead Arsene Wenger’s players by three points with just one game of the season left.

A 39th game probably isn’t what Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger have in mind at the end of the season

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A 39th game probably isn’t what Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger have in mind at the end of the season

Should they end the season with the same amount of goals scored, then Premier League rules state “they shall be deemed to occupy the same position in the table”.

But with a spot at Europe’s top table up for grabs then exactly who finishes where needs to be decided.

If one side comes third and the other fourth then a play-off game would still be needed to make clear who faces a Champions League play-off in August and who enters directly into the group stage.

All these possibilities are set to be finalised in a winner-takes-all game at a neutral ground.

Premier League rule C.17 states: “If at the end of the season either the league champions of the clubs to be relegated or the question of qualification for other competitions cannot be determined because two or more clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding league matches on neutral ground, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the board.”

Another top four finish for Wenger?

Another top four finish for Wenger?

And this play-off would occur if City were to incredibly lose 4-0 at Watford while Arsenal pick up a routine 1-0 win at home to Everton.

Liverpool’s result against Middlesbrough would dictate whether this playoff would be played for 3rd or 4th place.

If Jurgen Klopp’s men beat Boro, City and Arsenal would play for the final Champions League qualifying spot.

And if the Reds were to fail to win, Guardiola and Wenger would fight for 3rd place in the league and automatic Champions League qualification.