Arsenal remained in third on Sunday after Manchester City lost to Southampton.

The Gunners went up to third on Saturday with a narrow 1-0 defeat of Norwich City, sending us three points clear of Manuel Pellegrini’s side, who have a far superior goal difference.

A good chunk was taken out of that goal difference by Southampton who, thanks to a Sadio Mané hat-trick, ran out 4-2 winners. Two goals from Kelechi Iheancho were the only impressive things about a poor Man City performance.

Eyes were clearly on a Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid this coming Wednesday, which is good news for Arsenal.

The Gunners play Manchester City next Sunday and a win at the Etihad Stadium would seal third place and mean no Champions League play-off is needed at the start of next season.

No matter what our result is against Man City, a win against Aston Villa the following weekend will confirm a top four finish as Manchester United drew 1-1 with Leicester City earlier on Sunday.

This obviously isn’t the season finale everyone was hoping for but, in a year where Chelsea, Liverpool and one of the Manchester sides all seem certain to miss out on it, qualifying for the Champions League again would at least be something to cling to.

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