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Arsene Wenger DOESN’T join Arsenal players in post-match lap of appreciation after club fails to finish in the top four

Frenchman was absent from the traditional final day lap of appreciation, after the Gunners failed to qualify for next season's Champions League

That’s it folks, the Premier League season is over. 

Chelsea are champions, while Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool bagged the Champions League qualification places.

This lot are pretty happy

This lot are pretty happy

And that means for the first time since the 1995-96 season, Arsenal have failed to finish in the top four.

The Gunners went into the final day of the season in fifth place, a single point behind Liverpool in fourth and three behind third-place Man City.

And despite beating Everton 3-1 at the Emirates, Liverpool secured a 3-0 win against relegated Middlesbrough while City strolled to a 5-0 victory against Watford, rendering the Gunners to a fifth-place finish.

Will this guy still be in charge next season?

Will this guy still be in charge next season?

This means the Gunners have Europa League football to look forward to next season.

And it goes without saying that the fans have not been a happy bunch this season.

Wenger Out brigade 

Wenger Out brigade 

And much of that discontent as been aimed at the manager.

Wenger has been under scrutiny all season, having failed to mount a serious title challenge and even finishing well behind bitter North London rivals Tottenham.

So perhaps it’s not surprising that Wenger ducked out of Arsenal’s traditional lap of appreciation at full-time today.

Could this be it, then?

With his contract with the club coming to an end this summer, the 67-year-old has said his future will be decided after next week’s FA Cup final.

Speculation begins now.