LONDON: Arsenal defender Carl Jekinson has said the Gunners are desperate to cling onto third place in the Premier League in order to ensure Champions League qualification for next season.
Chelsea’s passage into the Champions League final has increased the chances of just the top three clubs in the Premier League qualifying for next year’s competition, instead of four.
Normally the English top flight’s first, second and third-placed sides gain entry to the Champions League group stage, with the team that finishes fourth going into a preliminary qualifying match.
But if Chelsea, who are currently sixth, beat Bayern Munich in the May 19 final, they will qualify at the expense of the fourth-placed club in the EPL.
Arsenal head into Saturday’s match at Stoke City in third place, three points above Newcastle United, who have a game in hand on the Gunners.
And Jenkinson wants to end the Premier League season knowing Arsene Wenger’s side are in next term’s elite European competition.