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Misery for Arsenal as City, Liverpool book top four spot

  • Published at 01:31 am May 22nd, 2017
  • Last updated at 02:38 am May 22nd, 2017
Misery for Arsenal as City, Liverpool book top four spot
Manchester City and Liverpool claimed the last two Champions League qualifying spots with comfortable wins on Sunday that meant Arsene Wenger's Arsenal missed out on Europe's elite club competition for the first time in 20 years. The big guns blew away the rest on the final day of the Premier League season - City thrashing Watford 5-0 and Liverpool beating relegated Middlesbrough 3-0 - to leave the top six places exactly as they had been at the start of play. That meant Arsenal failed to qualify for Champions League football for the first time since Wenger became manager in 1996. Despite beating Everton 3-1 with only 10 men - defender Laurent Koscielny was sent off and will miss the FA Cup final against champions Chelsea on Saturday - Wenger's team were left stranded in fifth position as  City and Liverpool finished in the top four behind Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Latest media reports have indicated that Wenger will sign a new contract whatever the result at Wembley Stadium, in the face of disillusionment with his stewardship by many Arsenal fans. [caption id="attachment_64729" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Tottenham's Harry Kane completes his hat-trick against Hull in Hull REUTERS[/caption] On a day full of goals - 37 in the 10 matches - Tottenham led the way with a 7-1 thumping of host Hull City four days after winning 6-1 away to dethroned champion Leicester City. England striker Harry Kane scored his second hat-trick of the week to finish as the clear winner of the Golden Boot with 29 goals from only 30 games. Pep Guardiola's City knocked in five at Watford to give departing home manager Walter Mazzarri a miserable send-off. The win kept the Manchester side two points ahead of Liverpool, whose comfortable success at home to Middlesbrough earned them a place in the Champions League playoff round. Disappointed Arsenal could point out that their total of 75 points was more than they achieved in finishing runners-up last season and would normally have put them in the top four. It emphasised how the top clubs have pulled away from the rest, with a gap of 15 points between Everton in seventh place and Southampton in eighth. There was a similar gap between fourth-placed Liverpool and their Merseyside rivals. [caption id="attachment_64728" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Chelsea's John Terry lifts the Premier League trophy after their match against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge REUTERS[/caption] Chelsea's 93 points was the second highest total since the Premier League began in 1992 and they became the first Premier League team to register 30 victories in one season. They finished seven points ahead of second-placed Spurs. Antonio Conte's side were presented with the trophy after beating bottom club Sunderland 5-1 at Stamford Bridge, where departing club captain John Terry made an emotional farewell speech to the crowd. Sixth-placed Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 after resting several players ahead of Wednesday's Europa League final against Ajax Amsterdam in Stockholm. The struggles of old rivals Arsenal and United this season meant it was the first time both sides had finished outside the first four places in the top flight since the 1978-79 campaign. United's Josh Harrop, 21, scored the opening goal against Palace on his league debut while 16-year-old substitute Angel Gomes became the youngest player to feature for the Old Trafford club in the Premier League era. Leicester failed to secure the win they needed at home to Bournemouth for a place in the top half of the table, the 1-1 draw ending their poor defence of the title in 12th position. RESULTS Arsenal 3 (Bellerin 8, Sanchez 27, Ramsey 90+1) Everton 1 (Lukaku 58-P) Burnley 1 (Vokes 23) West Ham 2 (Feghouli 27, Andre 72) Chelsea 5 (Willian 8, Hazard 61, Pedro 77, Batshuayi 90, 90+2) Sunderland 1 (Manquillo 3) Hull 1 (Clucas 66) Tottenham 7 (Kane 11, 13, 72, Alli 45+2, Wanyama 69, Davies 84, Alderweireld 87) Leicester 1 (Vardy 51) Bournemouth 1 (Stanislas 1) Liverpool 3 (Wijnaldum 45+1, Coutinho 51, Lallana 56) Middlesbrough 0 Man Utd 2 (Harrop 15, Pogba 19) Palace 0 Southampton 0 Stoke 1 (Crouch 60) Swansea 2 (Jordan 72, Llorente 86) West Brom 1 (Evans 33) Watford 0 Man City 5 (Kompany 5, Aguero 23, 36, Fernandinho 41, Jesus 58)   TOP-SCORERS 29: Harry Kane (Tottenham) 25: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 24: Alexi Sanchez (Arsenal) 20: Sergio Agüero (Man City) and Diego Costa (Chelsea) 18: Dele Alli (Tottenham)   POINTS TABLE Teams P W D L GD Pts Chelsea 38 30 3 5 52 93 (Champion) Tottenham 38 26 8 4 60 86 (Champions League) Man City 38 23 9 6 41 78 (Champions League) Liverpool 38 22 10 6 36 76 (Champions League playoff) Arsenal 38 23 6 9 33 75 (Europa League) Man Utd 38 18 15 5 25 69 (Europa League) Everton 38 17 10 11 18 61 (Europa League) Southampton 38 12 10 16 -7 46 Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 -12 46 West Brom 38 12 9 17 -8 45 West Ham 38 12 9 17 -17 45 Leicester 38 12 8 18 -15 44 Stoke 38 11 11 16 -15 44 Palace 38 12 5 21 -13 41 Swansea 38 12 5 21 -25 41 Burnley 38 11 7 20 -16 40 Watford 38 11 7 20 -28 40 Hull 38 9 7 22 -43 34 (Relegated) Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 -26 28 (Relegated) Sunderland 38 6 6 26 -40 24 (Relegated)