Arsenal Miss Out on Top Four
Arsenal 3 Everton 1: Gunners miss out on top four with Sanchez an FA Cup final doubt
Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Everton was not enough to secure Champions League qualification and, to make matters worse, Arsene Wenger faces a potential selection crisis ahead of the FA Cup final.
Following Hector Bellerin’s early opener, Koscielny was shown a straight red card for a wild lunge on Enner Valencia and, after Sanchez had doubled the lead, Gabriel was taken off on a stretcher with a left knee injury after an awkward fall.
Arsenal felt the numbers should have been evened up when Ashley Williams – already booked – escaped a second yellow for a trip on Welbeck and Everton were soon back in it when Rob Holding inexplicably handled Leighton Baines’ harmless cross and Lukaku clinically converted the resulting penalty.
Sanchez then hobbled off midway through the second half, in what may yet prove a further blow to Arsenal’s hopes of salvaging something from their season.
Aaron Ramsey’s superb 91st-minute strike at least enabled Wenger’s men to finish their league campaign on a stylish note.