Champions League: Arsenal could clinch UCL spot if season is cancelled

Champions League season is presently on suspension but Arsenal who currently sit position ninth in EPL are in danger of missing out on the competition next season. But the Emirates outfit could earn a stunning slot in the prestigious competition should the season be cancelled over coronavirus pandemic. European football chiefs are said to be mulling using coefficient rankings to decide who plays in continental competitions next season if domestic leagues cannot be finished. In the EPL, the move will see Arsenal joining Man United and Liverpool among teams playing in the UCL, with Chelsea dropping to Europa LeagueArsenal are bracing themselves for a financial crisis should they fail to make an appearance in the Champions League next season.

The Gunners are yet to qualify for the European elite competition for two consecutive seasons leading to dwindling financial fortunes.

The club already face the prospect of once again missing out on a place in the tournament as they sit ninth and eight points off the top four in the currently suspended season. But the north London club could astonishingly sneak into the UCL through the back door should the 2019/20 campaign be cancelled altogether. During UEFA’s video conference with the 55 national associations on Tuesday, April 21, it was agreed restarting of the leagues across Europe will be pushed to have the season concluded by June.

But should it prove to be impossible amid the continuing spread of coronavirus, Euro chiefs were advised to order associations to use UEFA coefficient scores to determine teams that will take Champions League slots. The ludicrous move would see Arsenal joining Man United and Liverpool among teams from England to qualify for the tourney, with Chelsea being relegated to Europa League alongside Tottenham and Leicester. European football chiefs are said to be mulling using coefficient rankings to decide who plays in continental competitions next season.

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