The final day of the Premier League season is set to bow out in spectacular fashion, with a handful of various outcomes on the cards. Top-spot, Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League and relegation is all to play for and there’ll be as many broken hearts as smiles on faces.
And, Arsenal look set to be at the centre of the drama with potential influence on both the top and bottom of the table. Due to the Gunners’ heart-breaking loss to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park in the week, Mikel Arteta’s side face an up-hill battle in the race for top-four.
Antonio Conte needs at least a point and for Arsenal to not win by more than a 15-goal advantage for Spurs to wrap up Champions League qualification. Though, if Tottenham fail to win or draw against the Canaries, the Gunners must win to clamber back into the top-four.
With that being said, football.london takes a look at three ways the Gunners could line-up against the Toffees on Sunday in a bid to reclaim Champions League status.
Lacazette to bow out in style
With Alexandre Lacazette set to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, he could bow out in style by steering the north Londoners to Champions League qualification. With the tie a must-win fixture, Arteta could use an attack-minded 4-3-3 that will throw the sink at Everton.
Though, obviously, they Gunners may be left exposed at the back, highlighting the importance of Granit Xhaka’s role sandwiched between Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe.
Risky, but Arsenal will likely have to play with fire just to earn a glimpse of top-flight European football next season.
4-3-3: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Holding, Tavares; Smith Rowe, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Lacazette, Martinelli.
The Imitation Game
Everton came from behind against Crystal Palace in the week to escape relegation using a 3-4-2-1. While Frank Lampard’s side have calmed their nerves, the Toffees will want to end their campaign on a high note.
Copying Lampard’s back-three shape could extinguish Everton’s high-flying form.
3-4-2-1: Ramsdale; Gabriel, White, Holding; Tavares, Xhaka, Elneny, Cedric; Pepe, Martinelli, Saka.
Last chance to loom for Nketiah
Eddie Nketiah has impressed for Arsenal since he’s been given a run of games, and Arteta should acknowledge that. The former England youth international also sees his contract with the Gunners expire at the end of the season, but an impressive display could turn the tables.
A safe formation to begin the clash with, and Smith Rowe off of the bench could prove a force to be reckoned with.
4-2-3-1: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Holding, Tavares; Xhaka, Elneny; Martinelli, Odegaard, Saka; Nketiah