Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham, Tottenham and the four best Premier League runs – explained – The Athletic

“The four first”. The phrase is used by Premier League players, managers and pundits and what it stands for – Champions League qualification – has almost become the benchmark for success among English clubs over the past two last decades.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal qualified for the group stage for 19 consecutive seasons between 1998 and 2016, and the north London club’s absence from the competition in the past five years has led to two sackings of executives and an almost total overhaul of the team of players.

Playing in Europe’s most important club competition is more than just status. The financial benefits, a more flexible schedule and the ability to attract the world’s best talent are also tangible rewards.

This season, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham United and Tottenham are vying for the final two qualifying places behind Manchester City and Liverpool, the top two, with the race made all the more intriguing by ongoing fixtures and competing teams still future. face each other for the second time.

Athletic break down everything you need to know as the battle for the top four enters its final stages.

Premier League race for the top four

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