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Arsenal knock out is good news for Hammers

Arsenal was knocked out of the Europa League by Villarreal last night meaning that a nightmare scenario of fourth place not qualifying for Champions League now can’t happen.

Should Chelsea win the Champions League and finish fifth or lower behind West Ham they will still qualify for next season’s Champions League as five Premier League are allowed to qualify for Europe.

All top four places in the Premier League table are now in a cup final this season.

Manchester City won the League Cup and are in the Champions League Final.

Chelsea are in the FA Cup and the Champions League Final.

Manchester United are in the Europa League final against Villareal despite losing to Roma last night.

Leicester City are also in the FA cup final.

Whether Manchester United win the Europa League or Chelsea or City win the Champions league West Ham will still need to finish in the top four to qualify for the Champions League. Only Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs can finish outside the top four and still qualify.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

8 comments on “Arsenal knock out is good news for Hammers

  1. I think you’ve got something a bit wrong here. I don’t think Leicester can qualify for the CL if they finish outside the top 4 can they ? The F A Cup winners qualify for the Europa League I think.

    • Yeah they got that bit wrong. The only way Leicester can qualify for the champions league is by finishing in the top 4.

      Winning the FA cup gives you an automatic Europa league spot, not a champions league spot.

  2. We’re all Citeh fans this w/e before one of our cup final matches. COYI

  3. Are you sure about this, as I still think that if City or Chelsea win the Champs league and finish in the top four, which is highly likely, then whoever comes fifth goes into the champs league play offs, as there are 4 places available due to league position.
    Only if Arsenal won the Europa would this not happen, and they are now out.

    • Yeah i thought this was the case too? 5 English teams can be in the Champions League this season. If man city or chelsea win the CL and already in top 4 the CL spot for winning the CL will go to fifth place? I mean the way it is looking i think if we finished 7th we could be guaranteed a europa league spot.

    • I’m with Paul here. I think last night just opened up 5th place potentially being champs league. Which I believe is minimum we should be aiming for. Only difference to Paul is I thought it was different now. Top 4 all go straight to group stage now, as does winner of champs league and europa league so surely if 5th came available it should still be automatic group stage?

  4. I did check it out, I will post the UEFA rules on fifth place qualification

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