Arsenal’s push for a top-four finish in the Premier League will continue on Tuesday, when they host Sunderland in their penultimate match of the season.
Date: Tuesday, May 16
Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London
TV Info: NBC Sports (U.S.)
Live Stream: NBC Live
The Gunners sit four points behind Liverpool―with a match in hand―and three behind Manchester City and need to keep winning to have any chance of qualifying for next year’s UEFA Champions League. Fortunately for the team, Tuesday’s opponents shouldn’t present much of a threat.
The 67-year-old has still yet to announce whether he will sign at new contract at the Emirates Stadium to stay beyond the end of the current campaign.
Arsenal have just three games remaining before that point – two home Premier League clashes against the Black Cats and Everton, before an FA Cup final date with newly-crowned champions Chelsea,After Liverpool’s 4-0 win at West Ham on Sunday a place in the Premier League top four, and qualification for next season’s Champions League, is now out of Arsenal’s hands.They need the Reds to fail to beat relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield on Sunday to realistically stand any chance of maintaining Wenger’s record of never finishing outside of the top four in a full season at the helm.
But even if the Gunners do upset the odds by reaching the Champions League, a number of fan groups are still calling for Wenger’s near 21-year reign to come to an end.Following recent measures such as protest marches, staying away from the Emirates before kick-off and flying planes carrying anti-Wenger slogans over stadiums, those groups now want to stage a mass boycott of the Sunderland fixture.