Report: Arsenal could beat Spurs to Champions League qualification due to UEFA technicality

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Arsenal could qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League ahead of Tottenham, if the Premier League season is voided, a report in the Sun has revealed.

After hosting a meeting between its 55 member associations via video conference, UEFA announced on Tuesday that they will be pushing to have all domestic leagues completed this season.

However, they also revealed that special cases will be heard if domestic leagues are cancelled.

The Sun now reports that, if the Premier League season is voided, UEFA will be using coefficient scores to determine which teams play in the Champions League and the Europa League next season.

This would mean that Arsenal, who currently sit in 9th place in the Premier League table, would be joining Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United in the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Spurs would qualify for the Europa League along with Chelsea and Leicester City.

Having said that, if Man City’s two-year European ban is upheld, then Tottenham would take their place in the Champions League.

The report asserts that Premier League clubs are readying their lawyers to fight this idea. It is also revealed that UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, is not in favour of the idea as he feels it could bring the integrity of the competitions into disrepute.

Spurs Web Opinion

If the Premier League season is to be suspended, then I don’t think UEFA will be left with much choice other than to use the coefficients to determine who qualifies for next season’s competitions. However, the way UEFA coefficients are calculated is clearly flawed as there is no way Arsenal, who haven’t qualified for the Champions League for three seasons, can have more points than Spurs, who were last season’s finalists.

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